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My sl2 broke down this morning. yesterday on the way home

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Hi! My sl2 broke down this morning. yesterday on the way home from work it briefly stuttered and at one point the engine cut out for about 1/2 second or so. MIL light came on briefly and went out again. This morning after driving for about 1/2 hour engine just died. MIL on again while coasting to a stop. Tried to restart several times. Just cranks but doesn't fire. After about 10 minutes it started and ran fine. No MIL. After about 1/2 mile it died again. There is only a code P0133 O2 sensor circuit slow response. Any ideas? Fuel pump?
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Saturn
Expert:  Ryan Schott replied 1 year ago.
will the car not start right now?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It does start and drive. The stuttering and cutting out yesterday happened after about 1/2 hour of driving. Same this morning. It broke down after about 1/2 hour of driving.
Expert:  Ryan Schott replied 1 year ago.
can you let it idle until it does? if you can there are a few easy checks. Once its sputtering and about to stall unplug your MAF sensor and see if it runs better, if it doesn't then let it stall and grab something to pound on the middle of the fuel tank by reaching underneath, give it ten or twelve good hard taps and see if it will fire back up then let me know.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok I can't do it right now because I'm still at work. Which one is the MAF sensor?
Expert:  Ryan Schott replied 1 year ago.
what year is your saturn
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
2002 sl2
Expert:  Ryan Schott replied 1 year ago.
oh sorry then, no MAF on yours it uses intake pressure and idle air control so don't worry about that test. lets tap on that tank when it stalls and see if its a pump failing, let me know if it will start that way or not. If not we will probably be going after the ignition module as they are very susceptible to temperature and frequently cause a stall when warm. But lets try the tank trick first and go from there.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok sounds good. I will give that a try and report back. Thanks for now.
Expert:  Ryan Schott replied 1 year ago.
no problem