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I have a chevy cobalt 2005 that stalls while driving no warning lights and i have to wait a few minutes for the car to restart

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Possible plugged fuel filter or weak fuel pump. Take the car to AutoZone or similar business to get a free read of the computer even though no warning light is on. Good luck!

Posted on Oct 09, 2010

  • cryptsaver Oct 22, 2010

    I had the same problem with my car. After diagnostic it said bad TPS (Throttle Position Sensor). It turns out that on this vehicle the sensor cannot be purchased alone but the whole throttle body. A friend suggested cleaning the throttle manually because there is build up of gunk and dirt in the area. I did it myself and the problem went away instanly. I have suggested this to other owners and has also worked on their vehicles. Hope this helps.

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