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My car will drive fine one minute but if you let it set and idle for to long it won't hardly move but if I stop and shut the engine off and start it back it works just fine

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Jessica Howe, Automotive Expert & Coach at


Thank you for writing in. There are several issues that can cause a lack of acceleration or a loss of power when trying to accelerate from a stop. First, the fuel pump may be weak and starting to go out. It can be pressure tested, but a technician will need to recreate the issue to be sure. Secondly, it may be a transmission issue. These can be harder to pinpoint and more expensive to fix. You will want to rule out the fuel pump before turning to the transmission. The technician may also check for diagnostic codes, which can help point them in the right direction. Only further testing will tell. Good luck!

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