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When in traffic, therefore at idle, when I accelerate the vehicle jerks and hesistates and as soon as I speed up it goes away. This really only happens when the engine is idling.

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You have a misfiring cyclinder. check the spark plugs and wires.

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There's not much info to go on here, but let me try.....

Ok, if it's "pulling or stopping" in a jerking motion. It sounds like it might be engine related, however, it can be transmission issues also. Lets talk about engine.

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