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Sluggish engine when i stop, the engine feel like it's lugging. After i release the brake, the engine hesitate and skip along. Can feel the vibrations during normal driving. Already check the wire and spark plugs, now thinking it might a fuel system problem.

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Sounds like a vaccum leak, possibly intake.

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