Q: Car sputtering when idling

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The Check Engine light came on in my car. Now, my car is sputtering when idling.

Since the check engine light is on that means that the computer is seeing a problem. I typically start by scanning the computer for codes. This will give me a starting point. From what you are saying it sounds like it may have a misfire or a sensor problem. The codes will identify where these issues exist. If you need to have this done, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to your home or office to diagnose your car’s sputtering issue.

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