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2002 Neon--Car 'chugs' a bit, especially while A/C on/idle

2002 Neon--Car 'chugs' a bit, especially while idle or when A/C is engaged. Started off only when A/C was on, then slowly creeped to while idle, then first gear, etc etc Thought at first it was just something to do with the A/C seizing up/something to do with the belt, so really limited that usage, however now that it 'spread' to while the car is sitting idle and even moreso now that it does so while traveling at higher speeds, really starting to notice it more and more. I guess the best felling to how it acts is comparing it to when you forget to push the choke back in on a small engine, when it sputters a bit, acts like it wants to stall, but doesn't quite stall out or anything.

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Remove the Spark PLUGS, check the Condition, and AIR gap. If things are suspect, crank the engine to expel the debris,
out of the plug ports, and install new plugs.
I use and recommend BOSCH plugs, for your Model type, they do not have to be Air Gapped, and are virtually maintenance free for life.
Regards, DT

Posted on Sep 07, 2009

  • james-jeep Jul 22, 2011

    My 2001 did same thing, replaced plugs-- that helped. Then installed a MSD coil pack-- now it feels like i driving a sports car!!! Much better take off & smoother running

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