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It could be any of several problems, anything from fuel delivery problems to ignition failure. Solid state (transistorized) ignitions can fail when a single transistor breaks down from heat. Just turning on a transistor can cause heat to build up so it doesn't necessarily take a lot of time for the get hot enough to fail. The problem can also be something as simple as a blocked fuel filter or a weak fuel pump. At this point, you'll need to find out if the problem is fuel delivery or igniton. When the vehicle fails check to see if there is a spark after the engine dies. quickly pull a spark plug wire and connect it to a spare sparkplug, set the sparkplug on a metal part of the engine then attempt to start the engine while an you or an assistant watch the sparkplug. If you don't see a sparkplug you might have a problem with a component of the igniton. You can also check the fuel pressure by connecting a fuel pressure gauge to the test port on the fuel line under the hood. You can also connect an on-board diagnostic scanner to the computer to see what codes, if any, are stored. If you would like to test a few things and ask some more questions later, feel free to contact me at:

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