TOM: Other possibilities include a bad oxygen sensor, which on an older car can cause the same problem as a bad coolant temp sensor. Or a vacuum leak, which is letting in too much air, which is the equivalent of "not enough fuel."
RAY: It should be something like that, John. Suggest those as places to start, and you might come off looking like a genius. And if none of that works, you might be able to buy a few more months of this myth charade by angrily blaming it on us. We wish you luck, buddy.
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