Sputtering

Tiny
VEGABLAIR
  • MEMBER
  • 1988 CADILLAC EL DORADO
  • 4.8L
  • V8
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 163,000 MILES
It is sputtering when in idling was not when I just went to the store and did now.
Do you
have the same problem?
Yes
No
Thursday, June 15th, 2017 AT 6:21 PM

4 Replies

Tiny
HEYMAN1104
  • EXPERT
I am assuming you meant that you have a 4.5L engine. I have had a few of these cars. They are fairly picky about their fuel. You will notice that on the dashboard, next to the fuel gauge, it does say to only use premium gas. They were serious about that. So it is quite possible you just got some low octane gas, maybe even a little water in the tank.

Also, being an older vehicle, there are miles and miles of vacuum lines under the hood that have been drying out over time. You should probably open the hood and take a good look at the lines. If you see any that are visibly cracking, then you should replace them. Look at the images in the following article for some examples of bad vacuum lines: https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-use-an-engine-vacuum-gauge

If not that, then when was the last time that the car was tuned up? It may be time for new spark plugs, plug wires, distributor cap, and rotor to be replaced.
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
+1
Thursday, June 15th, 2017 AT 8:41 PM
Tiny
VEGABLAIR
  • MEMBER
I checked all the tubes she filters and was thinking the spark plugs and where is the fuel filter?
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Friday, June 16th, 2017 AT 12:05 AM
Tiny
HEYMAN1104
  • EXPERT
I cannot seem to find it's location on ALLData or Prodemand, but I would bet that it is under the car, driver's side, attached to the frame rail, nearest the rear driver's side door. But that is just an educated guess.
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Friday, June 16th, 2017 AT 3:23 AM
Tiny
KEN
  • ADMIN
Here is a guide that might help you get the job done.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-change-a-fuel-filter

Please let us know what happens.

Cheers, Ken
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Friday, June 16th, 2017 AT 10:50 AM

Please login or register to post a reply.

Recommended Guides