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Check engine light on. stalling & surging. had tune-up recently. seems to be not getting enough fuel.

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Vaccum leak or faulty sensor could be the problem. If you have the check engine code. that would help so much. along the lines of not getting enough fuel....maybe....maybe not, check the fuel pressure, if its fine, something else.... realy need the engine code. oh, could also be the oxygen sensor, if its fouled up that would cause the engine to surge and stall. BUT if the check engine light is on, you need to find out what code it is. you can manualy look this up using your owners manual, it will give you specific instruction on how to extract the code out of the computer.

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