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RUNS FINE SOMETIMES AND ALL AT ONCE THE SHIFTER COES CRAZY AND IT STALLS

The car has been hit on dr side fender an had broken wires from ecm fixed them bit the car has a mind of its on.does not shift right or idle like it should. some times it will run great and just start running bad no codes and check engine does not work at all

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