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Q: Car sputtering occasionally

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My car has been sputtering a little. When I accelerate, it sputters, but then stops. It also sputters when the air conditioning is on.

A common problem for your vehicle is a misfire condition causing a sputter. Ignition coils or spark plugs will often go bad. I would ask one of the mechanics at YourMechanic to come to you and diagnose exactly what is causing your car to sputter, so they can repair the faulty part.

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