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Engine light comes on and off and the car is chugging

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  • ghettoport_r Jan 03, 2011

    Does the engine ever cut off? Can you tell if all 4 are firing?

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    Fernand Luc Bergeron Jan 03, 2011

    do you have access to a code reader ? if so, what are the codes please ?

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Check if your car has the electric air pump. Front of the engine, looks like a big black heat gun. These would shake apart and leak too much air, thereby letting the cat converter soot up along with the O2 sensor. If the housing rivets have come loose, they can be drilled out and small bolts and nuts can be installed. If the electric motor has failed, you will need a new or used blower. The blower should run on cold startup for a short while if it is working properly but check the fan housing for leaking air. Common problem. I find usually the chugging starts in an intersection with a truck coming LOL.

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To determine what's wrong, u need to have the codes read. If the light is coming on, it is a signal that something is wrong w/ the emissions system. A code is stored in the cars computer that will indicate what the problem is. Most parts stores will read the stored engine codes for free. They plug a scan tool into a port under the dash to retrieve the code(s). Write them down, and ask what u should do to correct the problem. If u have any further questions after that, u can post them here. Let me know how u make out.

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