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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-27-2019, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
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starts,stalls,starts, stalls

OK folks, looking for some advice.
I have a 97 Trams Am, with about 60,000 kms on it. In the last year I changed the ICM, Fuel pump, coil, crank sensor, ignition relay and fuel filter. Saturday night on a drive it felt like it stalled, but I gave it gas and it was still running. This morning I started it up and it stalled while at idle after running a few minutes. It cranked for a few seconds and fired up, ran for a few minutes died again. Started right up and ran it again for a few minutes and stayed running. I was going to take it to work but didn't want to chance it.
I know the battery is going, I have had to jump/charge the battery if it sits too long (maybe 5 days or so).
Could this just be the battery or the dreaded Opti? with only 60,000 kms and no water or oil leak (that i have noticed) I am really hoping the battery.
Just another note, when I hit the gas while it is idling, the oil pressure gauge doesn't move?
Any input is really appreciated.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-27-2019, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
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I posted in the wrong area, Sorry. I don'y know how to move the post.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-27-2019, 12:10 PM
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You can have your battery tested at a parts store to see if it's bit the dust. If it's totally gone I can see how you might have an issue like this. Is it throwing any codes? Do you have any vaccume leaks?

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-27-2019, 02:25 PM Thread Starter
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I still didn't see how to delete, I am hoping an Admin will move it for me (Please). I haven't seen any vacuum leaks or lines off. Also there are no engine lights on the dash.

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-27-2019, 07:36 PM
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First off, what does your vol gauge read with engine running? Should be 13.0 volts to about 14.5 volts. If reading is lower than 12.8 with engine running, alternator is not charging battery enough.

2nd, once engine starts ans alt takes over, bad battery does not affect engine performance as engine runs on electricity put out by alt. The battery has 2 jobs. Start the car and provide electricity if alt fails.

Is your battery old and actually needs replacing? I ask because a short somewhere in electrical system can cause battery to drain down in a few days. Same with some component still being on when it shouldn't be on.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-29-2019, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
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Here is the picture of the Battery gauge with the car running.

My oil gauge doesn't move while the car is idling or when I give it gas either.
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I don't pay much attention to my battery gauge but my oil gauge moves all the time. I have a dent in my oil pan which I believe messes with it a little bit but it should definitely move. Should definitely move up when you rev the engine.

That picture looks like my oil gauge when I am accelerating. When I'm sitting at idle it is below half.

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-30-2019, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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So Yesterday I started it and let it run, ran for a while then stalled out. Started right up no issues. The oil gauge wasn't working. Later on I tried again, no stall, oil gauge WAS WORKING??

So very strange
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