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Old 01-15-2012, 03:11 PM   #1
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Default Car sputters and runs rough only when I step on it.

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I'm new to the forum and I'm hoping someone out there knows what my problem is. I have a 96 Saturn SL2 automatic that I recently purchased with 106,000 miles. The problem is that even though the car runs great, when I floor it, the car immediately starts to hessitate and sputter. Also, there is a loud clicking noise coming from the engine area. I usually pull over and shut off the car. I then turn it back on and it starts running fine again. The clicking noise is still there, but after a while it goes away too. Other than that the car runs great. I've only had to floor it three or four times since I've had the car. But, everytime I do this problem has occurred. Any ideas?

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Old 01-15-2012, 05:35 PM   #2
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1. Replace ECTS/Connector.

2. gauge still at 1/4? Replace thermostat.

3. Check your DAMN oil and put some more in and see if the clicking goes away. if so it means you were low on oil.

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Old 01-15-2012, 06:52 PM   #3
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Poor running when stomped is usually low fuel pressure if not thermostat and ECTS.

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Old 01-18-2012, 07:35 PM   #4
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Default Re: Car sputters and runs rough only when I step on it.

Thanks you guys for the great advice. Went to AutoZone and spent $11.99 on a new ECTS. The car runs great now and getting about 36 MPGs. No more hessitating or sputtering.Best $12 bucks I ever spent!

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Old 01-18-2012, 08:14 PM   #5
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Old 01-22-2012, 04:14 PM   #7
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You didn't mention if the clicking was gone or not. If it is still there, check to see if any of your spark plugs have come unseated. I had this happen to me once. Just touch your wires and see which one vibrates the most and that's the one that most likely has its plug loose. Then just tighten it back down.

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