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When I start the car and put it in drive or reverse there is a sputtering that happens. It is almost like the pistons aren't firing right but feels more like a transmission problem. It feels like the sputtering only happens when idling or going at very slow speeds. Anyone have an idea what's wrong?

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Have you tried to increase the idle speed

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SOURCE: Hesitation at higher speeds. Feels like

get a moto vac cleaning done on engine that will clean all injectors and test fuel pressure should cost 100 or a little more fuel savings will pay it back in no time moto- vac cleaning

Posted on Jun 22, 2009


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SOURCE: car hesitates and sputters

It seems like you have a vacuum leak in a hose some where. Check under the hood for any rubber hoses that are dry-rotted, cracks, or sharp bends in any of them.

Posted on Aug 21, 2009


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SOURCE: Car will start right up but will not go into gear

There is a possibility that the plastic pieces that allow the shifter to move and slide have broken. You need to remove the console shroud and pieces to be able to see the shifter. There should be two pieces of plastic usually pink or yellow in color with a spring attatched (the spring depresses when the button on the shifter is pressed). Sometimes these plastic pieces break and blocks the shifter from moving.

You can get a factory service manual with complete removal instructions and pictures from here. 2005 Dodge Magnum Service Manual.

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SOURCE: 1992 grand prix transmission slip in reverse

Slow, slipping or no reverse: “lo-reverse” clutches are worn out, fluid leak in the reverse apply circuit. It is possible to remedy a fluid problem by removing the checkball from its cage in the case in the trans may help (must remove valvebody), or adding a high-viscosity additive such as Lucas Transmission additive or other seal restorer product. May also have worn boost valve (can replace in the pan).

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SOURCE: Engine Idles fine, but shudders when I put it in drive or reverse.

probably a bad oxygen sensor if I had to geuss.

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