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truck hesitates at 30 miles an hour what could be wrong. Could it be the timing chain
Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. Sounds like you have a fuel filter plug issue and a throttle position sensor issue making the engine starve for fuel and preventing the engine from accelerating (possibly in limp mode). Check the...
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Why does my car sputter when restarting after driving for a while?
Hello. From what you describe it sounds like your vehicle may be stuttering and hesitating when you first start the vehicle. This can be caused by many things. A few common causes are issues with the ignition, engine management, or...
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Accelerating and idle problems
This is a common sign of a failing idle air control valve. The idle air control valve monitors the air intake as it is mixed with fuel prior to being injected into the engine. This valve is controlled by the...
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Service Engine soon light began flashing on and off on 2010 Nissan Sentra... Car started sputtering, ... now all dash lights are o
Hi there - the security system is now active, but this sounds more like the car battery has died (sputtering, then dead engine). Have the car battery checked, possible something electrical left on overnight, or battery is just old? Try...
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My car sputters when cold but idles smoothly after warmup - 2003 Chevrolet Express 3500
Hi there. Beyond the MAF sensor, in most cases, an engine that stumbles when it's cold is caused by one of three different components: clogged fuel injectors, a dirty throttle body, or an EGR valve that is damaged or also...
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Transmission issue while accelerating?
Hey there. This may be a sign of a faulty transmission control solenoid. As you know, automatic transmissions use pressurized hydraulic fluid to change gears. Every time a gear change is required, the car's computer activates a transmission solenoid, which...
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My car revs it's rpms when at park and drives itself to 25 mph without pressure on the gas pedal
This may be a sign of a failing throttle position sensor. The throttle position sensor (TPS) is a sensor used to monitor the throttle position of the throttle plate inside the throttle body in relation to your foot position on...
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Sputtering and other things - 2004 Ford Taurus
Hi there. Typically the issue you're describing is ignition or fuel delivery related. It could be as simple as a crankshaft sensor that is faulty or as complex as a fuel / air mixture issue caused by a faulty mass...
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Helicoiled spark plug
A helicoil in a spark plug hole of the aluminum cylinder head was installed in the past due to a spark plug threads in the cylinder head came out during spark plug removal or the spark plug blew out of...
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Car chugs a couple of times wont start
Hello - it is possible that the engine "jumped time" because of the momentary loss of oil pressure after the oil change. (The fact that you changed to synthetic oil does not come into play here.) The timing chain tensioners...
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Shuddering and check engine lights blink so
This may be a sign of a dirty or failing mass air flow sensor. The mass air flow sensor is a unit in the intake system that monitors air intake as it is mixed with fuel prior to being injected...
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Acts like out of gas.sputters dies then runs sputters and dies.gas in it fuel pump working smells like carbon,hot
This may be a result of a faulty oxygen sensor. As you may know the oxygen sensors which are part of your emissions system read exhaust gases to determine whether or not the appropriate amount of oxygen is present in...
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My car is sputtering
Hello - while a small hole in the exhaust will have an irregular exhaust noise to it, your symptoms sound more like a misfire on one or more cylinders. This could be caused by bad plugs, wires or coils. Other...
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My MAP sensor failed I replaced it then it failed again in one day
Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. This issue is not the MAP sensor, but rather the mass air flow (MAF) sensor. This sensor is usually missed unless the computer sees it malfunctioning. Most of the time the MAF will get...
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High speed bogging down
Engine misfires can be caused by a list of problems, but there are a few suspects that occur more than others. The primary culprits are simple – spark or fuel – usually manifesting in spark plugs, plug wires, the coil(s)...
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Reduced engine power, possible vent valve solenoid malfunction.
Hi there. Typically the issue you're describing could be related to the EVAP vent solenoid, but I wouldn't rule out the EVAP canister purge solenoid. When this component is damaged, it can cause similar symptoms you're experiencing with your 2005...
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Why is my car sputtering? 2005 Saturn Ion
Hi there - a car that sputters may have an ignition misfire, or a fuel supply issue causing this behavior. You mentioned the Check Engine Light is on - getting the problem codes is task #1. The problem codes will...
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Car likes to make a chugging noise when accelerating up a steep hill. It usually happens around 55 mph.
Hi there: In many cases, when your Malibu begins to struggle when you're climbing a hill it's more of an indicator of fuel system issues; such as a clogged fuel injector nozzle or dirty throttle body. It could also be...
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My engine has a rough idle. It spits, sputters, and stalls out. Could it be a bad injector?
Hi and thanks for contacting Your Mechanic. Yes an injector could cause an engine to spit and sputter or even stall out. Injectors over time can become dirty from the contaminate in the fuel tank that when passed the fuel...
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Car sputters and has weak power after new spark plugs and ignition coil were recently replaced
There are actually several possible causes for the engine to sputter. It is possible for there to be a vacuum leak, a faulty oxygen sensor, a catalytic converter that is starting to show signs of failure, or even a possible...

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