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Is it the transmission or something else??

When we put the car in drive, as we push the gas petal it sounds like it is struggling to get gas to the motor OR as if the transmission is trying to go out ( says my husband) but there is no struggling in the gears. There is a slight jerk when ever the gas pedal is pushed, as if the car is trying to turn off. The check engine is on , the transmission and engine oil is fairly low so we are aware that can come into play as well, but the check oil light NEVER came on. We recently had our battery, alternator and fuel pump replaced all BRAND NEW. What could be the problem with out vehicle? Any information will be examined this is our only car with two infant children so please help with any information thanks.

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It is false economy to run the engine and transmission oil levels low as they are vital to the rest of your problems Have the fault codes read first to determine where the faults are and if short of cash may be good used units from a wrecker will be the answer

Posted on Jul 15, 2013

Testimonial: "Thank you for the help. Do you think it is possible for the transmission to be going out? Iv'e researched transmission, timing belt, the valve, cam shafts etc. I can not find anything that sounds remotely close to the issues are car is having. So best thing is to take it to Auto Zone and have the codes checked then go from there???"


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Thanks for contacting
Poor acceleration is because the engine timing is wrong i.e. the ignition is early or late.
A flashing check engine light means that something serious is wrong with the vehicle and you should not be driving it. Being that the vehicle sputters and jerks under acceleration, it is assumed that you have a failure in your ignition system. Always have the car scanned when your check engine light comes on to obtain diagnosetic computer codes. Most common failure is basic maintenance items, Spark plugs and wires. Simple enough to replace, and relativly cheap. Ignition coils, ignition module, and crankshaft sensor would also cause a severe misfire. again... both pretty simple to change, but these items cost more. Start by having the vehicle checked with a scan tool first.
Aloso check distributor timing and next timing belt depending on year and how many miles on this car you may need to replace the timing belt it can be a cause too.

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