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03/10/08 15:43
Bill

1992 Geo Storm 1.6

My daughters 92 GEO Storm has died suddenly without any real reason. The first time was right after we bought it. It had sat for a while I thought maybe moisture in the fuel tank, Vapor lock? It started up and ran a little rough for weeks. Than it did it again. It started up but shortly died. The gas gauge looked off so I out gas in it and it was fine again... This weekend I did Plugs and Plug wires, High octane gas and found one of the plugs was actually broken. Now it runs Beautiful, but died again yesterday. Now it wont start at all. Its getting gas and turning over but no turnover???

I'm thinking Coil?? or ???? Any other ideas?

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04/10/08 01:29
evan

im having similiar problems with my 1.6l 92 storm

We have replaced the coil and ignition module uder the distrib cap and still nothing... but

If you are not getting spark at the plugs next check to see if the coil is giving a spark to the distibuter... if it is then check the contacts on the roter in the distibuter.. if it is not then .. you have to chck to see if the ignition module is getting input from the computer... and if not.. try to get new ignit module

in my car we did that and still no input so we checked the fuel injectors to see if they are getting a pulse... and i am not... so now iam thinking of replacing the ECM Computer.. MAN WHAT A Pain..

If you want email me and tell me exactly what your doing and i will step you through your work on her car.

Sincerely EVAN

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06/26/08 14:19
sly

i have 1992 geo storm will not stay running sprayed it with starting and it runs, it getting fuel up to the motor.not sure if the injectors not working, is there a fuse fo the injectors
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08/12/08 15:07
MJH - Milton, DE

Try checking the coil around the cam shaft - it's a magnetic coil that senses that the cam is actually turning. If it doesn't think the cam is turning, it'll tell the computer to shut off fuel and/or spark (in the event of an accident, it'll shut off the fuel and/or spark to prevent an explosion). Another one of those wonderful U.S. Government mandated gizmos to cause headaches and empty wallets for the home mechanic. Had same problem (intermittently dying then died completely) and it was this coil.
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10/11/08 20:22
Ed Librick

Title: GEO STORM, REBUILT ENGINE FOR RACING - $5000 or BEST OFFER

110, 102 CAR MILES, 7000 ENGINE MILES

VIN #: J81RF2364N7557666

Body Type: Coupe

Engine: 4 Cylinder

Exterior Color: Black

Interior Color: Grey

Tranmission: Manual

Fuel Type: Gasoline

Options:

CD Player,

Air Conditioning,

Driver Air Bag,

Mag Wheels

Cash, or bank check only accepted for payment. Personal checks will not be accepted.Please email me with any questions on transferring title, shipping or about the car including additional pictures, georacecar@gmail.com

Engine was completely rebuilt in '97 it has only been driven about 7000 miles. The car has always been garage kept and only taken out on periodic runs since '99. It would be a fine car for someone who wants an engine that has been modified and a car that handles well. All of the receipts and notes of the work that has been done on the car.

The block has been bored .020" over stock and crower rods and JE pistons w/total seal rings were added to achieve a 9:1 compression ratio. The head studs were enlarged and strengthened and the head was done with a 3-5-angle valve job and a custom cam from Guide performance. The cam products max power at about 7800 rpm. The stock computer was changed to an Accell DFI system with a 300+ ignition. A Hotshot intake with K & N filter was added for breathing as well as a custom 2.25" exhaust with a Flowmaster muffler.

The goal was to product about 220 HP at the flywheel with the modifications. Plans were to continue to modify the car with a Garrett T04E/T3 hybrid turbo. After adding the turbo was and the fuel system was done HP may increase to about 400HP running a max boost at around 22 PSI. Notes indicate that there may be other modifications need to reach the 400 HP besides the addition of the turbo.

Below are some of the modifications done to the car:

Enkei Zoku 16 x 7 wheels with FALKIN low profile tires

Accell 300+ digital ignition and coil kits ignition

system,

batch-firing, programmable aftermarket fuel injection

and ignition computer

big bore throttle body

block bored for Zephyr dish pistons 3.169

new rods, rings and bearings, guide performance

cam

new Clutch Masters clutch

Nology hot wires

R/C engineering 550cc injectors

front and rear GAB adjustable struts

tinted windows

All notes on modifications and receipts available with

car.

For pictures of the car and engine, email request to georacecar@gmail.com

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06/10/09 04:12
eric

Where is the ignition module in a 91 geo storm?
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07/21/09 17:32
Rodney Dorsey

I got a 92 storm for 80 bucks has blown head gasket, the rest is good should i put money in to it?
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11/17/09 20:26
larry

am having problems with my 92 geo storm will run from 15 to 20 miles with no problems then check engine comes bucks real hard on and dies. can somebody help?
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11/19/09 14:49
Nathan

I have a 1992 geo storm. We just replaced the head gasket, and it will start and idle just fine, but when i put it in gear it automatically dies, unless ur giving it gas when u put it in gear. It will move around the yard but when u let off the gas it dies. any ideas on what might be causing the problem?
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02/04/10 16:41
Rick

I have a 1992 Geo Storm, sometimes the transmission gets stuck in 3rd gear but you can stick in another gear so basically you are in 2 gears so its stuck, if you keep moving the stick through the pattern it will eventuallly reset itself.

So my question is: is it the linkage or the transmission and what needs to be fixed, Linkage bushings of what??

Thanks for any help

10
04/18/10 15:12
juan

I have a 92 Geo Storm is beautiful but i need a part. it's the thermostat housing, any body where I can find this part. I searched on the INTERNET and no luck. Please HELP
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05/20/10 00:24
Krowdog

Had the dying for no reason problem with my '92 storm 1.6 l.

Sometimes would start immediately, some times has to wait an hor or a day. Even replaced the ecm (brain).

IT WAS THE IGNITOR. Try that...betcha that's your problem...I heard it was common.

good luck!

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07/18/10 15:19
justin

have a 91 geo storm gsi 1.6 run but only on 2 cylinder replaced plugs wires cap rotor coil distributor computer everything can pull off 1 and 3rd wire still runs any ideas
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10/01/10 17:19
KLM

Reply to Justin.

"have a 91 geo storm gsi 1.6 run but only on 2 cylinder replaced plugs wires cap rotor coil distributor computer everything can pull off 1 and 3rd wire still runs any ideas"

I had this same problem. Turns out I had a bad injector. The 1&3 injector are on the same circuit. The 2 & 4 share a circuit. If one goes bad it knocks the other one too. Don'r cheapout and only replace the bad injector. Do all four. This is not a technically complicated job, but they've got those injector so buried (GSI) that it took me several days and layers of skin to replace them and had to disassmble the entire air intake to do the job.

Good luck.

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12/31/10 00:48
Lexie

I have a 92 geo storm 4 cl 1.6 l. When sitting in park the car will run high rpm. When you try to gas it the car will not accelerate but the rpm meter will rise.
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03/02/11 01:18
bryce

hello bill and evan just to let you kno my cuz in law has a 92 storm and he replaced coil pack you may want to try replacing the main distrubutor it should start right up
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10/07/11 07:08
mountains, North Carolina
Thank author of this post/comment"REPLY TO KLM"

mY 1990 GEO STORM GSI HAS THE SAME PROBLEM, ONLY 2 CYLINDERS WORKING. CYLINDERS 1 AND 3 ARE NOT OPERATING PROPERLY. I HAVE REPLACED IGNITION COIL, PICKUP COIL, IGNITION MODULE, PLUGS AND WIRES. I HAVE EVEN CHECKED OUT THE WIRING TO MAKE SURE THAT NOTHING WAS LOOSE. EVERYTHING WAS IN TACK AS FAR AS I COULD TRACE. I EVEN THOUGHT MAYBE AT FIRST THAT IT COULD BE MY INJECTORS BUT I SWAPPED INJECTORS 1 AND 3 ELECTRICAL CONNECTORS WITH 2 AND 4 AND I HAD THE SAME OUTCOME ONLY THE OPPOSITTE INJECTORS WERE DISABLED AND THEN 1 AND 3 WERE WORKING FINE. THINKING MAYBE COULD BE MY ECM. I READ UP ON IT AND THERE WAS SUPPOSE TO BE A RECALL ON THESE MODEL ECM'S BUT ISUZU MOTORS AND GM WOULD NOT COMPLY ONLY TO STOP PRODUCTION AFTER THE 1993 MODEL STORM. HAS ANYONE ELSE HAD THIS TYPE SENERIO? PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF ANYONE HAS A 1990 STORM GSI ECM WITH OEM#
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10/07/11 07:17
mountains, North Carolina
Thank author of this post/comment"COMPUTER ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS EQUIPMENT NUMBERS"

OH YEA THE ECM NUMBERS 86501J114269332. IF ANYONE CAN FIND. THIS IS NOT A LINK OR EMAIL OR URL
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