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Hi! I have a '98 Corolla, 137K miles. It's been a great car for me. Recently it's been "stuttering" or hesitating occasionally when I press the gas pedal (after being at a stop.) I thought fuel injection cleaner might be the solution, but it hasn't helped. I only used it once, though. Should I try again? Also, it has that old car sound to it. You know how when you get a new car it's usually quiet and so smooth? Now it's louder and not so smooth. Both of these issues are ok, I'm just wondering if I should be worried. Should I have the car looked at or are these problems just part of the aging process? Thanks!

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Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Hi Jennifer, Just because you car has 137k miles on it, does not mean it should be running rough. One of the loaner cars here at my shop is a 1996 Corolla with over 210k miles on it, and running strong. You should definitely have the car looked at. If you don*t do anything the stuttering and hesitating will only get worse and turn into stalling and not starting. All My Best, Amy Mattinat

Suzanne Grego, Technician at City of Philadelphia Fleet Management Jennifer, You may want to check your air filter and fuel filter. This would be a good place to start for the stuttering problem. As far as the not so smooth and louder problem, I*m not sure if you mean from the engine, or when you are driving. It could be that you need some new tires, or should just check the air pressures to make sure they're all at spec. It's never a bad idea to have your car checked out once in a while anyway, especially if these problems are bothering you. Suzanne

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