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Took a weekend trip to the river, drove a few hundred miles,

On the way home not far from home as a matter of fact my Impala started to sputter and die, I had half tank of gas. After sitting for a few minutes it would crank but when putting it in gear it would sputter and die. No sensor lights came on no check engine light, The only light that came on was the change oil light. Checked the oil and there was plenty and it was not that dirty. Managed to get it to Auto Zone they hooked it up to the computer and it said that no error codes had been thrown.

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