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Old 16 Aug 2017, 03:01 pm
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about three weeks ago I took my PT Cruiser (touring edition) for my Missouri safety inspection (passed) but almost immediately on the drive home the check light engine came on...the next day when I started my car up the ligth was off, so i was a bit concerned, but not overly so

Then while waiting at a stop light my car just abruptly died. Idling fine, quiet engine, it just....stopped. But thankfuly started right back up again

then on a number of fairly long trip (20-30 miles) the car would start "chugging" dropping in RPM's then back up again, up and down, not going over 45 ...I would pull over, restartthe car and everything was fine for the rest of my trip

Most telling, this also happened simultaneously when my fuel light came on once I was under a quarter tank...once I illed the tank, the check engine light wen off

Most recently i was at a drive thru and the engine died. this time it didn't start right up just turn over and over and over....I had to push it to a parking spot and after ten minutes it was able to start and I was going to be able to get home. but looks like i can't avoid the shop now

at first, due to something similar with a ZX@ Escort i had i thought it may have been an exhaust hose/oxygen sensor....but talking with co workers they think it may be the fuel pump/filter (especially with the simultaneous issue when I got low on gas)

What do you all think? how confident are you this is the issue? my local shop wants to charge ike 80 dollars for a diagnostic. and if it's not something I can fix myself I would like to skip the diagnostic and just tell them what needs to be fixed

thank you
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Old 16 Aug 2017, 04:00 pm
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Welcome to the forum

You might want to start a introduction thread as a new member.

In the mean time spend a little time about many other member that have had issues like you described. There is not much that has not happened and threads started over the years.

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Old 16 Aug 2017, 04:08 pm
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Apologies. the "stopped in the drive thru" problem happened on my lunch break. As I am stil at work I haven't had the chance to explore much
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Old 16 Aug 2017, 10:06 pm
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I would suggest you invest in buying an OBDII Scan Tool that will tell you what your engine trouble codes. Post what the codes are.
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