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Car won't accelerate

I give it gas and it's like it won't go. i see the rpms going but the car is moving slowly. when it does get going my speedometer needle jumps erratically

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  • tadBefuddled Feb 13, 2009

    My husband was the first to notice this, he is not at all mechanically inclined and often over reacts to the little bumps and grinds of the car. So I had to see for myself, at first when you start it up all seems normal. So first I tried flooring the gas and putting the car into drive and then reverse,and flooring it again didn't see the issue in my drive way. So then I took out on the street and around the block and sure enough as you accelerate it seems as though there is something actually stopping the fuel from hitting the engine then it just takes off, the speedometer needle goes nuts then it starts to die again. I noted that the needle never gets up past 20mph no matter how hard you floor the gas.

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I had the same issue with 2002 pontiac grand am and thought it was the fuel injectors or the transmission fluid or even the spark plugs . I was at my wits end and im not a mechanically uninclined person.  I finally broke down and went to a garage and was ready to get stroked.  Come to find out it was a 23$ fuel filter.  It might be the problem.  Try it i thought it was to cheap to work but it did.  Hope it helps.  Slante'    Irish in Ohio

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Check transmission fluid it sounds like the transmission is slipping You need to get it serviced asap fluid should be pink and smell sweet if brown or dark n smells burnt you may get away with a filter and fluid change and flush.

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Have the transmission checked

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