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Car runs fine then all of a sudden the check engine light comes on and car starts acting like it's running out of gas..bucks and loses power. You can restart and sometimes it is almost like something clears and it runs fine. we had the feul pump replaced last year and it used to do it only on the highway when it hit 70 and it was very sporadic...almost like a cough. Now it's worse. could it be a clogged feul filter?

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It's very possible that the fuel filter is jamming up, and I'm surprised they didn't change it when they replaced the fuel pump. I would get it changed first, then see where you're at. You can get a lot of car codes read for free at Autozone, in case you haven't done that, if the vehicle has a car code computer. Check your manual, since sometimes you can force the codes yourself.
Also, if the car has a metal timing chain, it can be slipping (had those same symptoms in a car years ago). It can also be faulty wiring to the fuel pump. If you can get the check engine light code read, it might lead you in the right direction. Hope it's just a jammed fuel filter, they do that every now and then.

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Hi, you actually guess right, you are having a clogged fuel filter, so it intermittently bucks when there is no supply of fuel to the engine and definitely looses power. You need to change the fuel filter immediately.

Take care

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