1988 pontiac sunbird will sputter out and eventually will stall after a 30 minute trip. Check gauges light is on. Sometimes it won't start unless you let it rest about 30 minutes. HELP

Asked by Dec 03, 2013 at 05:08 PM about the 1988 Pontiac Sunbird SE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

3 Answers

Clearly the system ground is "iffy"...follow the black battery cable to where it attaches to the fender/frame...undo the bolt and wirebrush this connection till shiny...the lug too..put 'em back together....and ta-da car normal again~

get a NEW battery if found to be older than five....bump-off's on the top of the battery will indicate the month and year of it's first charge~

...if you do not...not only will the system suffer from "brown" power....ECU's tend to throw up a CHECK ENGINE light when they get confused...the starter does not have the full amperage to give a reliable start...and the alternator will get coooooked trying to charge a battery that stopped accepting a charge~

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