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I currently have 75k on my pt. i keep the oil changed every 3k, i got a tune up at about 60k. my check engine light turned on this morning on my way to church and when i would accelerate the car would **** and struggle to get into gear. not sure how to describe it. my wife put some crappy am pm gas in it. would that have that kind of effect?

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No it wouldn't be the gas

Posted on Mar 14, 2011


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