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I changed fuel filters, air filters, and now spark plugs and wires in my 92 Olds. Cutlass Ciera because I wasn't making it up hill, bucking and jumping if I had to accelerate quickly. Now the car has a ticking noise coming from the powersteering pully and is idling hard(car shaking,jumping) and once I get it to 40ish, just loses almost all power when trying to accelerate.

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Depending on where you bought the spark plug wires/plugs you could have a defective one even though they are new. I bought plugs/wires from O'Reillly's and it turned out the plug wires were bad even though they were new. Car ran even worse than before I did the work. Napa autoparts sells the best plug wires I have ever used Belden Maxx....Other than that you could have an ignition coil that has gone bad. They should run about $30 each and are not that hard to change out on that vehicle. See if someone can test those for you. Also you may want to pull each spark plug out and make sure that it is gapped properly. You can call any parts place or dealer and ask them what is the spark plug gap for that vehicle. Even if they say they are pre-gapped from the factory it is essential to always check this yourself and make sure that each one is gapped properly. Hope this helps you.

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  • gofalcons Mar 01, 2009

    I just did a tune-up on a 97 Oldsmobile LSS and even though I did not solicit the guys advice at the parts place, he insisted on telling me that I did not have to gap the spark plugs when i asked him what the spark plug gap was for that vehicle. Sure enough out of all (6) spark plugs they were supposed to be gapped at .60 not a single one was gapped properly. Always check this yourself.

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