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The car wont excelerate and i know all is fine with everything except a sensor and i knowits not the o2 sensor whats the other one called?

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If you have a bad sensor, it should store a trouble code in the onboard diagnostic computer. Have it scanned for codes to narrow the problem down. There is no point to guessing. if no scanner then most auto parts store will scan for free. advanced auto, auto zone, etc. check to be sure fuel filter is not plugging up. maf sensor symtoms, poor running, stalling, check engine light should be on. lack of power, spark knock/detonation, buck/****, hesitation on acceleration,also hard shifts. check fuel filter first !! if you need more info. just let me know.

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