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93 Plymouth Acclaim, Unreliable
Q: I have a Ď93 Plymouth Acclaim. It has been a great car but lately has been giving me problems. It started by cutting out but not stalling. Then it started cutting out and like coughing and then within a couple of blocks, it died. I had it towed and the next morning it started and ran fine for 2 days then it did it again. I let it set all day and then went to get it and drove it about 10 miles and it did it again. I let it set and finally got it to the shop.. They changed the ignition module and told me it was fixed. It worked another 2 days and quit. I let it sit an hour and drove it 5 miles and it quit and then I ended up getting it towed again. Then they changed the fuel filter and drove it and it went 4 miles and died again. They then changed the fuel pump and I drove it about a week and a half and it died again. 5 hours later it ran okay. I have now spent $600 with the towing and the parts and labor and I still do not have any idea what is wrong with it. The shop claims they have checked the computer but I just don't trust them. It seems to happen when the car is warm.. There is no check engine light on, and the temp gauge is in the middle between cold and hot when it happens. Itís not low on fuel. They have suggested the fuel pump relay. The car has 123,600 miles on it. It leaks a little oil around the valve covers but in general is in pretty good shape. I have children and itís getting scary being stranded all the time. Can you suggest anything? ... Nancy

A: Doesnít seem as if they are proving what is wrong with your vehicle. It sounds as if guess is part of a diagnostic procedure. If a vehicle is experiencing a condition that seems to be loss of fuel pressure, then a fuel pressure gauge should be installed and the fuel pressure loss proven. Whether itís in the shop or if the vehicle has to be driven, you donít replace parts without proving the need. On more than one occasion weíve sent a cell phone equipped customer out on the road with diagnostic equipment loaded in the vehicle and taped to the windshield to prove needed repairs. Lastly if you donít trust whoís working on your vehicle then itís time to find someone you do.

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