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2003 olds alero engine sputtering, running jerky, poor accelerati

"check engine" code on, also "trac off". Exhaust smells like it is burning oil? (maybe). Had a little trouble starting up this morning, but it started right up when I tried it later - just kind of jerky and puttering. I felt like the acceleration isn't as good as usual and traction not grabbing. Didn't push it over 15 MPH, just in case. Any help would be greatly appeciated - DH out of town until Thursday.

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