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I've just recently gotten a oil change and tune up to my car. After I had a accident with my car involving a dear a year ago. Now before I got this tune up my car was working fine and the minute I get my car is shaking really crazy it almost sound like the engine wants to shut off, but it doesn't when you press on the gas it jumps and slowly accelerates. The people at the garage said that I need a coil and it would smooth. How many coils does a Saturn have? Do you think a coil could fix the problem?

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If the coils were bad, you would have more then that issue and does any check engine light show up on your dash. What kind of tune up did they do??? Wondering if they crossed the spark plug wires, if they did change that or if they just replaced the spark plug and damaged the spark plug wires when the spark plugs were replaced.
Thank you for using Fixya and keep me posted, you should have 2 coils in the 4 cylinder engine. But they should be still good if they were fine before you had them tune it up.

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If it was working well before it went in and now it works badly I think there is something strange going on. Take it back and demand they go over everything for free to make sure they did not leave anything disconnected, from what you say it sounds like you have a vacuum leak on your intake manifold perhaps because a pipe has not been reconnected properly. If they refuse to make good then take the car somewhere else for a second opinion. In this day and age a 'tune up' is not required as the on-board computer takes care of everything and even reports on the faults. Ask them what sort of error cods are reported with coil failure (this is trick question since the coil is outside the ECU monitoring so no error code). A 'tune up' can mean a good opportunity for the unscrupulous to sabotage a vehicle to gain extra business. If you think for one moment these guys are on the make then take your business elsewhere.

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