Q: Car started sputtering while in traffic, felt like it was losing power and there was a gas smell coming in the car, what happened?

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While driving in traffic the car started sputtering and it felt as if it was losing power. At the same time there was an odor that I believe was gasoline becoming strong inside the car.

My car has 87000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi Pedro. Thanks for contacting us today. There are a few possible things that can cause these symptoms. The most common would be that you have a mass air flow sensor that is clogged with excessive carbon deposits, a vacuum leak or perhaps a fuel filter that is dirty or a fuel line that has come loose or damaged. It’s also possible that an EVAP component may have been damaged, so it would be a wise idea to have a professional mechanic come to your location and complete an on-site inspection before driving the vehicle further.

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