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1997 Honda Civic EX (automatic) jerks while accelerating?

My 97 Honda Civic Ex seems to have developed a variety of problems in the last two weeks. I had posted about one of them a couple of days ago but now there seems to be more trouble. I will repeat the previous problem and the new one too.
1) It takes time to start when its been sitting around for a while/overnight. I have to hold the key in the start position for 6-7 seconds before the car will start. Any time the rest of the day it will start just fine.

2) For the last 2 days just when I start the car it almost behaves like the rear tires are pulling it back.. There seems to be a small vibrating drag from behind before it starts driving smoothly. This is probably below 5-10 mph immediately after starting. The car's rear strut is leaking and I was going to replace it soon, but its been like that for a month. I was wondering why this drag would start suddenly.

3) 2-3 times in the last couple of days, the car started jerking while I tried to accelerate. Once it was while going uphill and I tried to accelerate, and the next few times I was on a flat highway going at about 50-55 mph when it started jerking continuously. I desisted from accelerating again for the rest of the journey. It almost seemed as if the engine would fall out.

I have a slightly broken motor mount but when I had it checked the mechanic said it wouldn't be an issue. I wonder if all these problems are related or if there is a different reason for all of them.

Please help!

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Check your wires, plugs and coils. I think it is an ignition problem myself. Something is breaking down under a load. My guess would be a bad coil or wire, the hard starting could be a symtem of this also, As I first read your description I was thinking maybe a leaking fuel injector or faulty fuel injector, but I believe it is in the ignition system. I hope this Helps! Merry Christmas!

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