why do my car just die down and cut off while i am getting ready to stop or turn on 1998 Chevrolet Malibu

When I am driving my car, it will lose power and die down when I come to stop sign to stop or turn a corner after lifting my foot off the gas pedal. It jumps a little and then just cut off. What do you think causes this. It could cause me to be rammed in the back. I just brought a new air filter a few months ago.

by in Chesapeake, VA on October 08, 2012
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2 answers
ANSWER by , October 08, 2012
Did it do this before the air filter replacement? This happened to me one before and it was caused by incorrect ignition timing. Yet a faulty Throttle Position Sensor, Mass Air Flow senosr or Manifold Absolute Pressure sensor can also be likely culprits. I wold look for a damaged or disconnected sensor near the air cleaner/intake.
ANSWER by , October 08, 2012
if it has a mass airflow sensor I would tap the sensor with a small hammer while the car is running if it stalls then you will need a new maf