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Engine Sputtering and lurches

I have a 1999 Jeep Cherokee with 120,000+ miles runs great except it will sputter and lurch when I'm driving it until I give it gas and work through it. Sometimes (not all) I hear what I can only describe as a popping or backfiring sound. It only does this one time and will not repeat untile the next time I start and drive the car.

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  • Paul Ferris Mar 09, 2009

    c38hot - When it does happen it happens only once and I do lose power...

  • Oceans12th Mar 15, 2009

    98 jeep wrangler 6cyl, 122000 miles, EXACT same problem. So far, only tried looking at spark plugs for any fouls, cleaned and reinstalled, no fix.

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2009

    Wow! same problem on my 1993 Cherokee...167,000 miles...Thanks

  • c38hot May 11, 2010

    can you repeat problem over and over ?, is there a power loss ? might be catalytic converter plugged up

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Possible throttle position sensor ,. air intake leaks , ignition coil or secondary ignition cable , important to have good clean ground and battery connections also

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