Car spits and sputters under 2500 RPMs

Tiny
CAT2776
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  • 1994 SATURN SL2
  • 112,000 MILES
When you start car the rpms go to 2000 then slowly come back down to 1000. If you ease on the gas the car acts like it wants to die until you release the gas pedal. When you try to accelerate the car spits and sputters under 2500 rpms then it runs good. Thanks for any info
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Tuesday, September 6th, 2011 AT 12:20 AM

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Tiny
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Do you have any codes or have you checked for codes?Also have you checked the coolant temp sensor?
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Tuesday, September 6th, 2011 AT 12:44 AM
Tiny
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Take out spark plug hot wire check for oil possible valve cover gasget and spark plug gasgets
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Tuesday, September 6th, 2011 AT 2:09 AM
Tiny
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They very well could be coated in oil also on that car inspect the coil towers they get corroded very often. Let me know what you find.
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Tuesday, September 6th, 2011 AT 2:33 AM
Tiny
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I have a code 32. The coolant sensor is new I checked the towers and they are clean. I put in new ngk spark plugs pulled them out and no oil on them also has new valve cover and spark plug gaskets. Thanks for the help
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Tuesday, September 6th, 2011 AT 8:35 PM
Tiny
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Which coolant temp sensor did you change top or bottom one?With the code 32 its egr code most likely a sticking egr valve causing a large vacuum leak at lower rpms causing your problem. Remove the egr and see if its stuck open if it isnt then push the egr pintle down till it bottom out and see if it sticks open. If it does then you will have to replace the valve I havent had much cleaning them you can try if you want. Let me know what you find.
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Tuesday, September 6th, 2011 AT 8:42 PM
Tiny
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I replaced the bottom coolant sensor. I pulled off the egr valve it opens and closes fine. Thanks
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Tuesday, September 6th, 2011 AT 10:43 PM
Tiny
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More then likely you have a sticking egr valve that is the number 1 cause of a code 32 on that car. Also a sticking egr valve will cause the symptoms you have. If it was my car thats where I would start.I have replaced a lot of egr valves for that code and those symptoms. They can stick intermintantly also try this next time it idles high and is acting up take a soft face hammer or a screwdriver with a large handle try tapping on it see if it runs normal. But I would say you have a sticking egr valve from the code and the symptoms.
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Tuesday, September 6th, 2011 AT 10:57 PM

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