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Car kicks back and forth when idling or the gas is applied

It usually happens when I go over about 40 mph or when I'm sitting still at a light or something. The car jolts back and forth when I press on the gas sometimes it doesn't even do anything.

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  • kaylanikolee Mar 26, 2009

    I have an '01 saturn L300 and my car does the same exact thing, the service light comes on after i accelerate when the light turns green. The car seems to jolt back and forth when gas is applied. But if i stop and shut my car off for about ten minutes and then turn in back on it goes away and it doesnt happen again for another couple of days.

  • Ron szarafinski May 11, 2010

    check engine light on or high idle at a stop

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It sounds like you have some broken motor mounts under the hood and one of the main ones that break on those models is the torque strut. When my torque strut was bad in my car the car would jolt when I shifted the gears and it would shimmy when it was idling. I would get your motor mounts checked to see if thats the issue and if its not it may be a motor issue such as a misfire which can couse the motor to backfire and idle rough when its misfiring. I hope this works!!!

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  1. Avoid idling. While idling, your car gets exactly 0 miles per gallon while starting the car uses the same amount as idling for 6 seconds. Park your car and go into the restaurant rather than idling in the drive-through. Idling with the air conditioning on also uses extra fuel. Also, avoid going so fast that you have to brake for someone. Whenever you brake, you waste the gas it took to get going that fast.
  2. Drive at a consistent speed. Avoid quick acceleration and hard braking. Cruise control will keep you at a constant speed, even when going up and down hills.
  3. Avoid stops. If approaching a red light, see if you can slow down enough to avoid having to actually stop (because you reach the light after it is green). Speeding up from 5 or 10 miles per hour will be easier on the gas than starting from full stop.
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