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Cavalier sputters Problem 1. The car starts and runs for about 3 seconds then randomly shuts off. Problem 2. Car hesitates or sputters on take off. The crank case sensor and another sensor were replaced. I still have the starting problem but the hesitation stopped for about a month but now it's back. Signed, Frustrated

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    Rickie Chapman Mar 24, 2014

    I'm sorry, it's a 1996 Chev Cavalier Z24

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Randomly shuts off? The only "shutdown" for a car is the security system. I do not believe you have a shutdown for low oil pressure. I have seen cars shut down due to the gas cap being loose. I think you have had bad oil, even if you changed it, it could have varnished the hydraulic lifters which will give you the sputtering. This may be remedied with an anti-gumming agent. I know that the Dodge Intrepid (not your car- read on) had a poor design where the engine would gum up. Dodge makes an additive specifically for the oil of this engine that removes the gunk. This is what I would try. Other backyard methods like using diesel fuel do work and I have used them, but I DO NOT recommend this for you. Over the counter stuff at the department store may work, but I know that the Dodge stuff worked very well.

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