Hi. I have a 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix that i bought last week. It ran great no CEL ON. Hot a coolant
flush, oil change and my husband did a tune up cause it was showing signs of needing one. New
plugs and wires, He could not get one plug out so he left it. Went to get
emissions test and computer
wasn't ready. Still no check engine light on. Drove for 5 or 6 days no problems. Went back 2 days
ago to get emissions and passed yesterday morning.
CEL flashing.

Came on, spit and sputter and cut off no power no lights no nothing. Car sat for a few minutes with
battery cable off put back on, had power then tried to start no luck. Let it sit a little longer started fine
no CEL. Drove multiple places no problems. Went somewhere late last night engine light started
flashing. The car spit, sputter and then cut off. Did not start back up. Had to get pushed to the
house. We know a flashing CEL is a misfire so we assumed it was the spark plugs not changed this
morning.

Sprayed nut buster on plug and got it out. Replaced with brand new. Tried to start and no start.
Engine light still on. We hear the fuel pump so we know that's fine. Help. I don't know what to do next.
This is our only vehicle. We had the same thing on ours after we got a transmission rebuild and
there are 3 sensors on the outside of the trans. You can see one when you move the air filter
housing. That's what we were told was the reason for that.


Answer:
Ok, there could be a few different things causing your issue. First of all, just because you can hear
the fuel pump does not mean it's putting out enough pressure to start the car. I would highly
recommend doing a fuel pressure check to see if it's within spec. You should have at least 45psi
with the key on for your particular vehicle. If it's any lower than 40 you need a new fuel pump. Check
the fuel filter as well, it can be heavily clogged and cause a low volume situation.

You may also want to check the
fuel pressure regulator for any signs of leaks. If the rubber
diaphragm inside it is ruptured, it will leak gas through the vacuum line into the intake. This would
cause a rich condition (too much fuel) which can cause sputtering and hard starts. Another thing to
do would be to re-check all your previous work. Maybe a spark plug got cracked upon installation,
maybe a wire was left loose or improperly installed, maybe a spark plug had the gap closed by
accident.

All possibilities.I would also highly recommend getting the car
codes scanned to see what trouble
codes are making the check engine light come on and/or flash. That will definitely help lead you in
the right direction for diagnosis. From what you describe it surely sounds like something with the
engine, whether it be electrical, fuel related, ignition related, or what have you.

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