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Q: My car shut off while driving and won't start again

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my car shut off on me in the middle of the road. i tryed to start it and it doesnt crank at all. it makes a whining noise and my car makes like poping noises. but wont start. i had a check engine light on and had it cheked. i was told it was a cam shaft position sensor on bank 1. i didnt do anything about it because i didnt have the money. the only other problem the car had was a tapping noise ,but it had it ever since i had the car. so about 5 months ago. i was told it was the tappets hitting the cover or something. i know its not the battery. so my question is what do you think the problem is? its a 1999 oldsmobile intrigue 3.5 v6 thanks.

My car has 213000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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