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When my check engine light comes on my cruise control shuts off and they car started to sputter like it is out of gas but it doesn't actually stop. Sometimes when I try crank the car it won't crank. I have to pump the gas and sometimes I have to hold the gas peddle down. Any idea what is causing this?

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There are to many things that can cause this issue, the most one is the crank shaft sensor or cam sensor that has gone bad. Before you go replacing good parts, pull the DTC codes to your car so that way you know what you have to address to fix the engine's issue. <br /><br />You can troubleshoot it yourself without any tools, or you can tell when your mechanic is totally off-base. <br /><br />http://www.allpar.com/fix/computer-codes.html<br /><br /> <li>Codes are displayed on digital odometers on newer models. </li> <li>On many 2001 and newer models, holding in the trip odometer reset button while turning the key to RUN will start a self test, with a readout on the odometer. It will also activate all instrument panels, one at a time. <i>We do not know if this will show computer codes, or whether it only tests the instrument panels. </i>At the end, it may show a few odd codes that are firmware versions and not error codes.</li> <li>On most cars, the codes will read out if the <a id="KonaLink1" target="undefined" class="kLink" style="text-decoration: underline ! important; position: static;" rel='nofollow' href="http://www.allpar.com/fix/codes.html#"><font style="color: blue ! important; font-family: Georgia,Tahoma,Verdana,serif; font-weight: 400; font-size: 20px; position: static;" color="blue"><span class="kLink" style="color: blue ! important; font-family: Georgia,Tahoma,Verdana,serif; font-weight: 400; font-size: 20px; position: relative;">engine </span><span class="kLink" style="color: blue ! important; font-family: Georgia,Tahoma,Verdana,serif; font-weight: 400; font-size: 20px; position: relative;">light</span></font></a> is on - all you have to do is put the key into the RUN position. </li> <li>Normally, to get codes, you put the key on OFF and then rapidly do OFF-ON-OFF-ON-OFF-ON (on some cars you have to do four or five, not three, OFF-ON cycles). On our test 2002 car, the key did not go back to unlock, so it was ACC-ON-ACC-ON-ACC-ON. </li> <ul> <li>You may have to have the <b><a id="KonaLink2" target="undefined" class="kLink" style="text-decoration: underline ! important; position: static;" rel='nofollow' href="http://www.allpar.com/fix/codes.html#"><font style="color: blue ! important; font-family: Georgia,Tahoma,Verdana,serif; font-size: 20px; position: static;" color="blue"><span class="kLink" style="color: blue ! important; font-family: Georgia,Tahoma,Verdana,serif; font-size: 20px; position: relative;">parking </span><span class="kLink" style="color: blue ! important; font-family: Georgia,Tahoma,Verdana,serif; font-size: 20px; position: relative;">brake</span></font></a></b> firmly set for the codes to show</li></ul> <div style="position: fixed;"></div><br /><br />

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