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Car sputter pressing gas pedal

I own a Saturn SL2 2000 and I have been having problems with it since I bought it. I replaced the neutral safety switch and the spark plugs and wires.The gas pedal acts like a brake if you try to force the car to roll faster than 15 mph. however, if you shift into neutral while rolling downhill, then shift back into drive once the car reaches 20 or so mph it will run normally. the oil and transmission fluid level seem high.

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Check the fuel pressure and flow , if the flow is low replace fuel filter. if pressure is low , check fuel pressure regulator, if ok replace fuel pump, also check vacuum to fuel regulator as this enriches fuel under acceleration.

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Check coils and module.

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What is a neutral safety switch?


The Neutral Safety switch monitors the position of your gear selector lever and either interrupts or allows the starting circuit in your car or truck to do its job. On newer vehicles it may also monitor the position of the brake pedal to make sure that the vehicle is in park or neutral AND that your foot is on the brake.

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The nuetral safety switch is usually found near the gear shifter. If your car has the gear shift on the column, then the neutral safety switch is usully mounted on the steering column near the brake pedal. On floor mount or console mount vehicles you will find the nuetral safety switch mounted near or on the shifter mechanism.

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