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Keeps cutting off

I have a 1996 saturn sl2 and it will drive fine for about 2 miles and then when coming to a stop, it will idle down real low and cut off. It will crank back up but it will do this every other day. Then it may go a week or so without doing it. I have had the fuel system flushed and a full tune up with wires etc. Also the oxygen sensor has been changed out. Can anyone help with this?

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Check the throttle position sensor.

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My car keeps cutting off everytime i stop. it will start right back up but then will cut off when i stop again


had a similar problems with my saturn, at lights and stop sings i would get a low idle and almost like it was about to stall.

1- the delar will tell you it may be an altornator problem, this is most likly not it.
2- SPARK PLUGS, i changed mine and my engine ran a lot smother and less "almost stalling" (also wont hurt to change your spark plugs.
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Just bought a 98 Saturn SL2 that is in excellent shape but high miles, mostly highway miles. It has 210,000 miles on it but was well taken care of and sounds and drives great. Had a new transmission put in...


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These engines can go well beyond 500,000 miles, and I know several people that can attest to that. There is one important thing you must know. ALWAYS check your oil at every gas fill up! Your SL2 is probably burning oil and needs to be checked. If you let it get too low you will spin bearings in the engine and it will be rendered useless. Check the oil and keep it at the top of the hatchmarks. It's a good idea to get two quarts of oil and leave them in the trunk this way you can fill as you need it.

The idle is probably the Idle Air Control valve (IAC). It is probably dirty and needs to be cleaned. Removing the throttle body and cleaning with carb cleaner to get the carbon off will get your idle working again. You cannot reset idles on these car and DO NOT touch the idle stop, that is not how idle is managed nor adjusted. The idle should be 1,200 RPMs cold and 800-850 warm.

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