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Engine Stalling Due to Mass Air Flow/Crankshift Position Sensor Failure on Oldsmobile 88

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The mass air flow or crankshaft position sensor may fail causing the engine to stall intermittently. Proper diagnoses will be necessary to determine the cause of any stalling condition.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 131,861 (46,000–208,700)
10 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
65 people reported this problem
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3.8 mtr. Started six months ago. Engine would shut off while driving. Wait a few minutes and it could be restarted. The situation is random and there was no pattern. Most times it would go 2-3 weeks without a problem or longer. Replaced TPS and cleaned MAF sensor no change. Now the problem comes up as soon as the engine warms up. Idle starts to stumble and gets rougher and rougher until the engine shuts down. After that it will not restart until engine is stone cold. It was a great driving vehicle, handles very nice but it may be destined for the scrap heap as I cannot seem to identify the problem. At one point it started up cold and ran for 30 minutes. I shut it off and restarted several times. I dropped the throttle hard on it a couple times,shut it off went to restart it and it would not start.
Engine dies while in traffic. Must wait over 5 hours for restart. Replace crank position sensor, engine control computer, ignition control module, mass airflow sensor, fuel pump relay.........
Stalls when going low speeds. Able to start right back up after parking. Doesn't happen all the time but sometimes will happen 2 times in the same day.
A few times lately, with no check engine lights coming on or any other warning, my 88 would stall, sometimes while traveling as fast as 50 mph. This means no power steering or power brakes, kiddos. Fortunately, I was able to restart by shifting into neutral, but its not very fun or safe!!!
However, changing the MAF sensor has seemed to fix the problem, and it wasn't really that difficult.
car stalls usually under deceleration and braking. sometimes it takes 2 to 10 minutes for it to restart. much worse in hot weather
engine check lite comes on. Eng RPM SURGES AT idle. Occassionaly eng stalls Trouble shooting code 01/02
car stalls out 2-3 times a month will driving, i have to shift into nuetral to continue driving. having this problem for 7 months. Finally it has shut down on me,wont start. Fires up for 3 seconds,and stalls out. Changed the MAF sensor, still doing the same thing. will change the crankshift position sensor next
engine stalls no warning,but if air is on wont stall.will replace mass air flow & crankshift position sensor
Intermittent engine killing while driving along, and sometimes rpms will rev up for a few seconds while sitting at a red light. I cleaned the mass air flow sensor with the spray specifically for that. I got at Autozone.
we have replaced the maf sensor 3 times in the passed 75000 miles looks like every 14 months.what going on with this