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Mar 15, 2008, 11:57 PM

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My Step-daughter has a 2005 Pontiac Grand Am V6 and the other day while driving down the highway, it just lost power and then died. After letting it sit over night, it started up and drove just fine. Then yesterday, it did it again. In the middle of the night, driving home from work, no power and the car died. We can hear the fuel pump working, ran diagnostic codes and it threw one code about an oxygen sensor. My husband doesn't feel that it's the fuel pump, but any info would be extremely helpful. Thanks so much.Unsure

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Mar 16, 2008, 11:28 AM

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When you said no power, are you talking about all electrical power, or just no ignition power to turn the starter?

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Mar 16, 2008, 12:13 PM

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The electrical stays on, but the engine dies. This all started about a week ago. she ran out of gas so we went and put gas in and got her to a gas station. Right after that, she was getting ready to come home from work. She got out on the highway, and then it just lost power and the engine died. It wouldn't start up again that night, but after sitting overnight, she started it up and it ran fine so she drove home. A few days later she ran out of gas again and we went through the exact same thing. We have heard that there is an anti-theft fuel shut off solenoid. Could that cause this kind of problem? We have heard that there are lots of problems with this kind of system. Thanks for your help.

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Mar 16, 2008, 12:36 PM

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When it dies, does the starter energize and make the engine turn over? Or is it just silence? There is a possibility when the fuel ran dry, there was some crud dislogded from the bottom of tank and is floating around in the tank. If this happened replacing the filter may help. Just guessing here for now. We can get it drilled down to fuel or spark and then lead into the problem. So it needs tested when it will not start to see what is missing. Let us know.

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Mar 16, 2008, 7:09 PM

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My Stepdaughter is 17 and getting ready to graduate from highschool, getting her to talk is like pulling teeth. The car Appearantly wouldn't turn over after it stalled out on the highway. We are going to change out the fuel filter to start with, but can you tell me one more thing? My husband's 2000 F150 pick-up takes a special tool to change out the fuel filter, does the 2005 pontiac grand Am take a special tool too? thank you so much for your help so far. I'll let you know what we find out after replacing the filter.

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