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Engine is skipping when accelerating

My 1997 Saturn SL is skipping when accelerating. I believe it may be the plugs or plug wires. Sometimes 1 cylinder, sometimes 2.

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  • jbranyon May 27, 2009

    I sure have. Cleaned plugs and made sure the wires were plugged in correctly at both ends. Next step is to pull out the plugs, plug them back into the wires and turn the engine over to check for spark. I'll let you know how it goes.

  • Keith Heavilin
    Keith Heavilin May 11, 2010

    Have you check the plugs and wires?

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You only have 4 so better just do a tune up and change the plug and wires, but one at a time so you don't get them crossed when re-installing the new plugs and wire.
Use Platinum plugs since there good for 100,000 miles which mean less maintenance, and double check that the spark plug boots set to the plugs when re-installed.
Run some fuel injector cleaner through the gas tank for about a week to to clean out your fuel system and hope fully the skipping stops.
If your going to get all the goodys at Auto Zone, have them scan the car for any DTC codes since it's free and see if there are other issues that is causing the skipping like a bad signal from the MAP sensor ECT.
Good luck and keep me posted.

Posted on May 26, 2009

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