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When I start my car it is a little shacky for about a minute and then everything is good? could it be a starter? its been doing it for bout a month now. Only 97,000 miles on it Mona

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Not the starter. Is the engine light on? If yes, please see my tip at These are generic instructions. If you get stuck or need specific instructions for your car, please get back to me with model, year and engine info.

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