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Q: Car dies at stoplight

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My car will cut off at a stoplight. Then, it will start up again. It also started chugging.

Engine performance problems such as the ones you describe, can be caused by many things. Anything from a vacuum leak, to a bad fuel pump, can cause the symptoms described. I would recommend having the vehicle looked at by a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic, in order to determine the cause of your car’s stalling issue.

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