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Problems with car jerking when i lightly accelerate?

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If the check engine light is on, take the car to an autoparts store and have them retrieve the fault code(s) from the computer. Most parts stores will do this scan at no charge. Getting the codes will help identify the problem. It could be something like a faulty throttle position sensor or some other problem, but to end speculation, have the codes scanned. Hope this helped and best wishes.

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It sounds like it needs a tune up. Plugs, wires, cap, rotter and fuel filter. Do all of these and this should help you get back to driving. Hope this helps. good luck.

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