Engine Sputter, Again - 2011 Hyundai Equus Long-Term Road Test

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2011 Hyundai Equus: Engine Sputter, Again

October 17, 2011

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I parked our 2011 Hyundai Equus for the past 48 hours. This morning I climbed in and pressed the start button just like I had anytime before. The engine sputtered to life, chugging and wheezing for 4-5 seconds, at which point it finally established a healthy idle. You may recall this happened once before.

Last time this occured I was parked on a slanted road in 90-degree temps. And last time the engine stalled completely following the sputter. This round, it did not stall, only stumbled. The Equus was parked on a perfectly flat surface. Temps were a cool 59-degrees. I don't have an explanation. I can only tell you it started just fine every attempt before and after this one.

What's with the picture, you ask? Well, I couldn't find my camera in time to photograph the flashing engine light, so this is what you get.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 14,242 miles

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