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Sputtering car, check engine flash

Was driving 60 miles per hour when car started to sputter and the check engine light started flash on and off. Cabin was filled with a sulfur smell. i pulled over, turned car off for 15 mins. restarted car was still sputtering. After 20mins. of the car being off again, car did not sputtering again until the next day. Engine light did go out, but sputtering.

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Stop using the car

You have serious cylinder misfires,so severe
you maybe ruining the exhaust converter,thus the smell

I won't write a book on all the causes or fixes,have a
repair shop diagnose

Posted on Dec 10, 2012


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The issue is your Mass Air Flow Sensor (MAF) and more than likely also the Intake Air Temperature Sensor (IAT) which is part of the MAF housing. Both are probably malfunctioning. This can be due to an overused/very dirty air filter, or even an aftermarket air filter (that uses oil on the filter element), or diriving in very dusty/dirty areas.

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