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97 Sunfire Dies at Stop Lights, Doesn't want to Accelerate

My car has been dying at stop lights and when pulling off of exits. The engine knocks and the car has difficulty accelerating. The fuel and air filters are fine, the problem is not with the solenoid and the battery/alternator and charger are fine. i recently used oil and fuel treatments to try to remedy the problem but it didn't work. I'm getting a new car in July and I just need this one to last about six more weeks.

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  • 4_2_save May 11, 2010

    we had a bad coil [there are two coil packs]

  • John Jimison May 11, 2010

    We recently had a similar problem with our sunfire. It wouldn't keep running in drive with the A/C on.

    I don't know how much you want to pursue this if your only keeping the car for six weeks but is the check engine light on? If it is and you can get the codes check to see if there is a P0300 code (random misfire). If so, you might have a problem in the plugs, ignition coils or coil housing like we did. If you or someone you know has an ohmmeter and knows how to use it this is the best way to check the coils and housing. Reply if this sounds like the the problem and you would like to know more.

  • carhob May 11, 2010

    is check engine light on or was on?



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