What would cause the engine to hesitate occasionally while driving or to cut off when stepping on the gas after a stop?


Asked by Mar 15, 2016 at 12:36 PM about the 1998 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SW1 Wagon

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Vehicle occasionally hesitates while driving and cuts off when stepping on the
gas after a stop.  It cuts off when stepping on the gas in reverse and when the
AC is running.

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Hi Bert-It could be a number of issues however if the car is overheating, I would address that first. It could be something as small as a thermostat. Is it leaking coolant? Also you say it "cuts out" do you mean it hesitates, or stalls? It could be a few parts that need replacing but these cars are very inexpensive to repair if you stay on top of the maintenance. Let me know and I will be happy to guide you as best I can.

Paul Martin

I would say start with a thorough complete tune- up spark plugs spark plug wires you know a complete tune-up even cleaning your throttle body and EGR valve you could possibly use seafoam for the fuel system and as an engine treatment. let us know the status of your vehicle maybe you've already done that and get back to us.

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