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Check engine light came on and began shaking everytime I start up

I was driving home one day and suddenly my check engine light started blinking and my engine was shaking. I couldn't accelerate quite right, I was only two miles or so from home and I didn't think I was going to make it but thankfully I did. It still starts up but the engine visibly and audibly shakes. I haven't driven it since but I'm going to drive it to a mechanic either tomorrow or the day after since tomorrow's a holiday. I was hoping if anyone could help me out with this problem before I take it in and probably get some outrageous inflated price for fixing. I have a pontiac bonneville SE, 1996. Had it for a year almost 190k miles on it, and haven't had any engine problems the entire time. I do regular oil changes, all fluids are filled, I may be due for a transmission fluid change and maybe a tune up. I don't know how well the previous owner took care of it.

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  • danasia16 May 24, 2009

    I have no idea... not the year I've had it. Can I buy these cheap, is this part of a tune-up? I was hoping to get a tune up and a transmission fluid change. Also hoping to purchase parts I can to save some money. I have no idea how well the car was taken care of before I received it.

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When was the last time the spark plugs and wires were replaced?

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  • Jason May 28, 2009

    Change the spark plugs and wires. This is part of a tune-up. If that doesn't help at all, take your car some place like autozone and get an engine diagnostics and find out what the trouble code is.

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