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Car started bogging and dying when trying to accelerate. Changed fuel filter and cleaned intake with spray cleaner. Engine will idle and accelerate in park but will bog when put in drive.

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  • Anonymous Aug 15, 2008

    car yanked then kicked back then died all together when i tried to accelerate

  • Anonymous Aug 27, 2008

    1992 Oldsmobile Cutlass bogs down when at temp. It doesn't quite stall, but comes pretty close. I changed the oil, air filter and put fuel injection cleaner in. It may be the fuel pump and/or filter.

  • jwhite22009 Sep 05, 2008

    Mine doesn't really bog down until 20 minutes of continuous driving. It starts to stall like it is running out of gas. After pulling over and letting it cool down it will start right up and I'll be able to make it home. Any idea what this is?

  • edstalter Oct 16, 2008

    Car will bog down then stall when pressing the accelerator?? But will Idle fine.

  • Skyman1989 Feb 21, 2009

    Where is the lockout on transmission? Where do you disconnect it?

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    engine bogs down when accelerating

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Had this problem with my 89 cutlass ciera....fuel injector was shot had to replace it

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COIL PACTS GOING BAD OR LOCKOUT ON TRANSMISSION DISCONNECT IT AND SEE IF IT HELPS

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