Q: Car sputtering when driving.

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Car starts with no problem. When I start to drive, it sputters as if it is out of gas. I turn it off, wait a second or two, and it starts right back up.

The problem is most likely a fuel related problem like a fuel pump that works but does not produce enough pressure and a fuel filter that is clogged and needs replaced. The recommendation is to get a qualified mechanic to check the filter and fuel pressure for you and replace the pump if it has low pressure. This should fix your problem.

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