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For phantom car issues, check the ‘pending codes’ transmission fluid. What do you think? — Mark BY RAY MAGLIOZZI Dear Car Talk: I have a 2004 Saturn Vue with a Honda V-6 engine and 150,000 miles. I bought the car with 54,000 miles on it. I have no significant problems with it except that when going uphill at about 1,700 to 1,900 rpm, there is a slight “stutter” in the engine. My mechanic, who is a great, honest guy, cannot get the engine to do this despite several test drives. A friend advised me to change the Changing the transmission fluid is like chicken soup, Mark. It can’t hurt. But I think it’s much more likely you have what we call a “miss.” Not to be confused with the Saturn Vue, a vehicle that was widely considered to be a “miss” for Saturn. A miss is an engine misfire. It’s most likely to be noticed when the engine is under load, like when you’re climbing a hill. It’s often electrical in nature and usually easy to fix — once you can find and identify the cause. Normally, an engine miss will turn on your car’s “check engine” light and store a fault code in the computer. Your mechanic would then use his scan tool to check the code, which will tell him what part equity line of credit level stuff. has malfunctioned. If there are no pending codes, you can wait until the problem But if a problem is intermittent gets worse, at which point it will and of short duration, the turn on your check engine light. computer might consider it a Or, if they’re due to be changed phantom event, and not store a anyway — and, at 150,000 miles code or turn on the check engine they probably are — you can take light. In that case, it may store a guess and replace the plugs and the information as a “pending wires and see what happens. Good code.” That’s information about luck. something that went wrong, but it hasn’t happened regularly enough to become a pattern yet. So ask your mechanic to check for pending codes. *** Got a question about cars? Write to Ray in care of King Features, 628 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL 32803, or email by visiting the Car Talk website at www.cartalk.com. Misfires are most often caused by bad spark plugs, bad plug wires or bad ignition coils. Those all are part of what we call the secondary © 2021 by Ray Magliozzi and Doug Berman Distributed by King ignition system. And you’ll be glad to know none of that is home Features Syndicate, Inc.