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Old 03-13-2014, 01:37 PM   #1
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Default 95 Olds 88, stalling out, sputtering.

Yesterday, while I was driving home (~400km drive), my car started acting up. I was on the highway, doing 90-100 kmph, my car started to jerk, and when doing so, the check engine light was flickering. When it did jerk, the engine would rev up while decelerating. A couple of times, it actually did stall, and I had to pull over. This happened 4 or 5 times during the drive, and not at all during the last 100km or so.

Sorry if my description is hard to follow, I'm not too good with car problems.
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Flashing check engine light is usually an indication that the engine is misfiring badly. Usually due to old wires/plugs etc.

How long has it been since your last tuneup?

And of course, we need you to have your car scanned for codes. Even bigger problem. You have a 95, OBD1.5 system. Only people that can scan them are dealers and maybe some national chain repair shops.
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A flashing CEL is an indication of a misfire. Most likely plugs or wires. Since the CEL was lit there will be diagnostic trouble codes stored, and you should get the car scanned for trouble codes. Problem is, I think your car is OBD1.5 and it will be difficult to find someone with a scanner.

When were the plugs and plug wires last changed?
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Two virtually identical responses at the exact same time. It worries me when I think like Mike.
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That was a good one wasn't it? Very rare for something like that to happen.
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I've owned the car for about a year, so I have no idea when the wires and plugs were changed. I'm terrible with knowing when to do what with car maintenance. Is there a list somewhere that shows me how often I need to take it in for certain things?

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Back of the owners manual should have a list of periodic maintenance schedule.
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I've owned the car for about a year, so I have no idea when the wires and plugs were changed. I'm terrible with knowing when to do what with car maintenance. Is there a list somewhere that shows me how often I need to take it in for certain things?
Adam, if you are unsure on the maintenance history I would install new spark plugs and spark plug wires. Even if they are not your current problem, money spent on good basic maintenance is never wasted.
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I agree with Roy, do a full tuneup. Plugs, wires, and grab a can of MAF sensor cleaner and hose out the MAF sensor.
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Scotty Kilmer is a trip sometimes, but he has a good video on using the proper cleaner to clean a MAF sensor. Though his is different than yours, the concept is the same.

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