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Hesitates and jerks

I have a 96 grand am, just has a rebuilt motor put in b/c it blew a head gasket. now, after being at a complete stop, the car jerks, stutters and hesitates and i have to floor the gas pedal to get it to move at all, even though it's really slow, it will eventually pick up speed.it doesn't do it all the time. the car will also cut off sometimes, but it always starts right back up. sometimes when i am braking, the car will stutter and **** also

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Have you tried changing the spark plugs it sounds like one of the cylinders isn't firing

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