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1995 Saturn wont idle right

Engine light came on and cars idle is super low, will barely stay running. Sometimes it goes back to normal idle for a bit. When this is happening Trans will shift wierd also???

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  • will_fay May 15, 2009

    Went to auto parts and code reader only went to 96 or newer. Mine is 95. This was awhile ago and not for this issue. Maybe try another store??



    Thanks for everyones help

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I would take the vehicle to a local auto parts store that will put there scan tool on the car to find out what code was stored. Maybe they will have some possible parts that could be the problem.

Hope this helps some
Matt

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