Whenever I am giving the car gas, it starts to putt and stutter.
My car was overheating. I looked under the hood and noticed one of my hoses to the radiator had been pulled from it. I put the hose back on the radiator and clamped it down. I had no antifreeze; I filled it up with some water just to make it home. By the time I made it to my house, the engine had started smoking.
I looked under the hood and couldn't tell if anything was undone or not in its right place. The next morning I found that one of the hoses had busted.
I replaced it and filled up with antifreeze and water, cranked it up and everything was sounding fine. But now when I drive it, it does the putter dance.
I have my thoughts -- either the catalytic convertor, the thermostat, or the fuel injector -- but don't have the money to spend on guesses. Given the background, I could see the thermostat being bad, but I don't know if that would make the car stutter.