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My 1998 ford escort is severely lagging with a strong jerking motion when driving. Sitting in idle theres an occational

Acts like its not getting gas. Only things i can think of would be bad sparkplugs (but just recently replaced), or bad / dirty fuel injectors.

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Is there is a tail smoke or strange smell from tail pip cause i doubt rhat you have a bad sensor exactly O2 sensor

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