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Coming home from work one day, I topped-off my gas

2001 Mercury Sable: Coming home from work one day, I topped-off my gas tank. I can't remember exactly how many gallons I pumped, but it was probably somewhere around 10. The car was running like a top that day and for the drive home from the gas station. The next morning when I started the car it was sputtering while idling, but when I gave it gas it smoothed-out. I suspected "bad gas". I added 2 containers of fuel injector cleaner also capable of dewatering. I have driven the car and now have the tank between 1/2 and 3/4 full yet the same symptoms exist. Does this still sound like "bad gas", or was that just a coincidence?

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My guess is that it was a coincidence. If if you did get a bad tank, you are not the only one...you can eliminate that from the list of "maybe", by calling the station where you purchased the gas and ask to speak to the manager, tell them when you bought the gas, what grade it was and ask if they had had any complaints. It is possible that you have trash and possibly a clogged fuel filter, but more than likely it is something else. Fuel injection heads have small needle size holes that spray fuel into your cylinders, a number of these get clogged over time and impeede performance, this condition will cause your fuel mix to not be proper. This condition slowly progresses over time and may hardly be noticable it is such a slow progression. Dealerships and better mechanics will have a small sand blasting attachment that they mount the injectors in to throughly clean, also they have small needle like rods to clean the spray holes individually. This is a possible cause of your problem, but I would check a couple of other things first and free. The problem you describe does sound fuel related although as previously stated I doubt it was a bad load of fuel. It you take your car to a national parts chain, such as Advance or Auto Zone, they can read your diagnostic codes...usually for free and interpret them for you. They provide this service to their customers in hopes of selling you a part if something comes up bad. My guess is that you have a sensor issue that is effecting your fuel delivery and or mix and will be revealed by checking the codes. It would also be a good idea to change your fuel filter as well. Good Luck. I hope you find this to be very helpful!

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