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Q: Car is putting

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My car has really rough idling until you really push the gas and then it still feels like it doesn't wanna go.
My car has an automatic transmission.

When a car is running rough, it usually comes down to a cylinder misfire. Cylinder misfires happen when there is a problem with the ignition, the fuel system the intake system, or the exhaust system. I would have your rough idling issue diagnosed by a certified technician to ensure that the appropriate repairs are made.

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