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Engine light came on and now it has episodes where you will be driving and the car act like its not getting has and chokes. What could this be?

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The best thing to do for this is get a free scan at Autozone or Oreillys. When the engine light came on it recorded a defect and you have between 25 and 35 Startups before it loses the Code.
There are many things which can cause your problem. It can be a fuel supply problem or any of the Engine management parts.

An onsite mechanic would reach for his scanner to read the onboard computer before changing parts. Some of the vehicles with Traction control will exhibit this behavior when a speed sensor acts up.

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