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Engine shuts off/ loss of power under load

Free revs fine in park, misses/jerks while driving 35 mph and up , or with foot on brake and in gear the engine misses when given gas, sometimes shuts off after stopping. Car starts right back up...

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  • John Jon May 11, 2010

    Do you have a engine light on? you must!

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler May 11, 2010

    Does it do it all the time even when first started up, or only when driven for a while? When was fuel filter last changed. Are you in cold weather area? (gasline antifreeze) How long has it been doing it? last tune-up?

  • ttaber
    ttaber Feb 14, 2013

    Mine is doing the same thing. I was trying to park up hill. Also it jerks when i let of the gas (makes my head jerk to it so hard) the check engine light is on. What could this be?



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Usually ignition coil will cause you this grief obd 2 scan your engine light to confirm nature of your misfire

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