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Sputtering and lack of power in first gear and jerking when at a cruising speed

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  • Robert Critzer Jan 28, 2009

    2003 Mitsubishi Outlander sputters and hesitates at 45-60 mph.

  • Robert Critzer Jan 28, 2009

    2003 Mitsubishi Outlander sputters and hesitates at speeds between 45-60 mph. Help!

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From what you explained has your gas filter been changed if this is restricted it will starve the motor for fuel .

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