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The engine is starting to chug when at a stop

The engine is starting to chug when still in drive at a stop light or stop sign. Seems like the RPM's go right down and almosts stalls

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It could be the torque converter is locking up. ie; like stopping with a manual transmission without putting your foot on the clutch pedal and releasing the clutch

Posted on Jun 14, 2010

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Have u checked the fuel filter, how many kilomiters on it could be a fuel pump, or ignition censior

Posted on Jun 05, 2010

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