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2001 Toyota Corolla S sluggish and jerking durning accelleration

Hi, just today our 2001 Toyota Corolla S that has a 5 speed manual transmission started getting sluggish and jerking during accelleration. We were on our way to work this morning and stopped for coffee, out of the car for 5 minutes. Hop back in the car and it won't start, we keep trying and it finally does after about 3 to 4 minutes. This is when the sluggish and jerking symptions started during accelleration. The car worked fine the rest of the day accept for being a little sluggish. We stop on our way home to pick up our kids and we are out of the car for 10 to 15 minutes... get back in and nothing. Tried to jump it, nothing. I had noticed that the connections to the battery were corroded a couple of days earlier when changing out the headlight. We got the car to start after cleaning of the terminals but the car was still sluggish when accellerating and the car is still jearking. What could be causing this problem? Thank you!

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  • Corriente Jan 26, 2009

    Hi Toyota Ed,

    Thank you for your response. You know, I'm not sure about the spark plugs, my father-in-law gave us the car this past May and hey took pretty good care of it. I'm a little behind on the oil change this time around, but not too much. It's not too far over the 3000 miles. The car has 130,000 plus miles. The Check Engine light was on, but since we had issues with the battery and the car not starting, the light has now gone off. We had the battery disconnected for about 15 minutes the other night while we cleaned the connections. The car starts fine now, and it's just the sluggish issues that are worrying me.



    Thank you again!

  • Corriente Jan 26, 2009

    Hi Toyota Ed, I am currently at work and don't have the toyota with me. I will have to check it tonight when I get home. I will let you know tonight. Thanks!!! =)

  • arun rebello May 11, 2010

    there is a problem with the engine ecu, is the check engine light on?

  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    What you will be doing is inspecting the Mass Air Flow Sensor for me. Let me know.



    BTW - Do the MAF removal with the key OFF.

  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    Do this for me:

    Go out, raise the hood, and check the air filter. See if it is dirty. Next, follow the tube from the air filter, look for a small black box with a wiring connector on it. It is held in with 2 screws. Remove the wiring connector and the 2 screws. Pull the small box up out of the tube, and inspect the interior of it with a good flashlight.

    Advise me of exactly what you see. Thanks.

  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    Hi, and welcome to FixYa. I'll try to help you as best I can. The first thing I need to know are some particulars...

    Is the Check Engine light illuminated on the dash?

    How long has it been since you had the spark plugs replaced?



    Please provide that info, and then we can discuss possible repairs. Thanks.

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wqithout looking at it directly , could be neglect to the car it self, clean them batt, cables not just the outside of them take them off the battery . clean the right , ck the wires make sure thay are also not corroided , as for the running like **** , sounds lik maybe a vacuum line came off , could be bad sparlk plugs wires etc, if it just happened in a spur of the moment thing , I would ck those vacuum hoses , something like tha will make it run like you are saying , tune it up , plugs and wires etc, clean it so you can see it .listen for any strange noise and do be carful

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