My car would not go faster than thirty mph after stopping for gas

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PATRICE WARD
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  • 1999 PONTIAC GRAND AM
  • 2.4L
  • 188,000 MILES
I had went to the gas station my car was running fine. My car started idling would not pick up speed thirty mph. Could it be oil? Or what should I do first to fix it?
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Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 AT 8:11 PM

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STEVE W.
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Okay lets see if we can figure out why your car decided to become a turtle.
You went to the station it was running good. You came out and when you started it up it would only idle and top speed was thirty mph?
Did you fill it with gas? Does that station also sell diesel or E85?
Did it start this as soon as you started it or did you drive down the road a bit and it started acting up?
Is the check engine/service engine light on?
Is it making any strange noises?
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Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 AT 10:51 PM
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PATRICE WARD
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Just put gas in and thirty minutes later it start jerking. The check engine light came on flashing, wanting to cut out out at the stop signs. When taking off rpms got up to 5000 before it started picking up speed then it jerks into gear.
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Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 AT 11:03 PM
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PATRICE WARD
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I put $15.00 in the tank. No they do not sell diesel or E85.
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Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 AT 11:05 PM
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PATRICE WARD
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Service engine light came on and it was making a loud noise.
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Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 AT 11:08 PM
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STEVE W.
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Flashing SEL and the loud noise is not good. Will it still start and run? It could be something simple like a blown out spark plug, or it could be worse.
I would see if you can borrow/rent a code reader from a parts store and post the codes.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/checking-a-service-engine-soon-or-check-engine-light-on-or-flashing

That would provide some help. Usually a flashing CEL is something like a misfire which would support a bad plug.
Is the noise a rhythmic pop similar to the sound in this video?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgjk6yggiik
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Thursday, January 5th, 2017 AT 2:03 AM
Tiny
PATRICE WARD
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Yes, it still starts and runs.
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Thursday, January 5th, 2017 AT 7:13 AM
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KEN
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Hey PATRICE

When the engine is running does it sounds normal? If so it could be that you have a plugged catalytic converter.

Here is a couple of guides that will help you fix it.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/engine-has-low-power-output

and

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-test-a-catalytic-converter

Please run some tests and get back to us so we can continue helping you.

Best, Ken
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Monday, January 9th, 2017 AT 12:55 PM

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