Q: Car hesitating and shaking.

asked by on January 14, 2016

After starting, my car hesitates, shakes, and sounds like it wants to stall.

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A lot of things could cause the problems you are having from a vacuum leak to a idle air control valve. My best advice is have your vehicle diagnosed firsthand but a trained professional, such as one from YourMechanic.

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