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Car slows to nothing

When I first had the problem, I would be going up hill after driving for 20 miles or more. It would slow down, lose power, sputter. I took it to my mechanic and he changed the fuel filter. It didn't help. The next time it happened I drove about 20 miles, then on flat road went from 55 to 20. I stopped at a station and put in $10 of gas and coolant. IT ran fine the rest of my trip.. I had my mechanic check the radiator and he saw nothing wrong. What could be causing my problem?

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It's possible (= probably not) that the catalytic convertor has failed and debris is randomly clogging the muffler.

The next time it occurs, leave it idling and listen at the tailpipe of the exhaust system.
If you hear a pronounced hiss instead of the throbbing of the engine, the exhaust system is at fault.

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