97 Chevy Cavalier, 2.2litre, 4 cyl, 100k miles - keeps dying

My Cavalier has been back and forth to the mechanic for weeks now because it keeps dying when idling or moving very slowly in traffic and he can't seem to find the cause and hasn't been able to duplicate the
problem while it's in the shop. It feels as if the power just cuts out- although everything still works (radio, air, blinkers). It has started again only a couple of times right away, but a few times would not start and had to be towed - only to arrive at the shop to start again. Finally they were able to duplicate the failure and said it was the fuel pump - replaced that and the relay only for me to pick it up and have it die again the following week. Again they couldn't duplicate the problem and returned it to me. It seems to happen in the rain, or recently damp weather we have finally concluded after I was stranded again this weekend in the pouring rain. Someone pushed me to the side since it wouldn't start for 10 minutes in the middle of the road and then it started right up again. Any help is much appreciated.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Some one has to check for spark at the plugs during the no start event, basic diagnostics, no other way.

-
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
"AmyGGG" wrote: 97 Chevy Cavalier, 2.2litre, 4 cyl, 100k miles
Cavalier keeps dying when idling or moving very slowly in traffic. Mechanic can't find the cause, can't duplicate the problem. Power just cuts out- everything else still works (radio, air, blinkers). Sometimes restarts right away, Sometimes won't start, towed to shop, starts upon arrival. Shop replaced fuel pump and relay, car died next week. Shop can't duplicate the problem, and gave up. It seems to happen in the rain or damp weather. It quit again during rainfall, then restarted 10 minutes later. Any help is much appreciated. _____________________________________________________
Repeated engine quitting and subsequent restarting are classic symptoms of an intermittently failing ignition module. Before throwing more money at the mechanic, throw a few bucks at a new ignition module. You can install one yourself in most cars.
Good luck.
Rodan. _____________________________________________________
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Has anyone looked at the computer for codes? This is a problem where the OBDII scanner could give you tons of information..

Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Motorsforum.com is a website by car enthusiasts for car enthusiasts. It is not affiliated with any of the car or spare part manufacturers or car dealers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.