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Sluggish Engine on takeoff Especially on first startup after parking

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Is the transmission in Winter Mode? The button may have been pushed inadvertently. It starts in 2nd gear in Winter Mode.

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1999 old 2.4 alero stalls out fluctuating idle exhaust pipe has carbon

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My 2001 jimmy has a slow and sluggish takeoff and acceleration speed. Wiring harness was melted apart from busted heater core hose.would a bad connection cause this problem.


Usually not. If it is shuddering while accelerating it's usually a plug wire. If you have a check engine light on then start there

Oct 29, 2016 | 2001 GMC Jimmy

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Slow pickup on takeoff


You don't specify make, model, year, engine or transmission, but if an auto, a common cause of this is failure of the 1-2 shift solenoid in the trans, meaning that it cannot find low gears, hence the sluggish takeoff.

It is not an expensive part, but it is best to have the vehicle on a hoist as the trans pan must come off. Also this fault should cause the check engine light or the overdrive light to blink a trouble code.

Feb 10, 2014 | Cars & Trucks

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While in park or nuetral motor revs fine no miss but when in gear on takeoff it sputters and chokes


The reason is that the engine is under load & that changes everything,could be a lot of things.Start chececking all vacuum line connections & electrical connectors to all your sensors &actuators

May 29, 2011 | 1993 Buick Century

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2003 Mazda MPV - started the van up this afternoon and it was running very sluggish and jerky...especially when at a stop but not necessarily while in park idling.


Sounds like you are having random misfires of your plugs which could indicate a need for a tuneup (or if you've changed your plugs, you didn't use the OEM plugs). What's your mileage? Is your check engine light coming on?

Apr 22, 2011 | Mazda MPV Cars & Trucks

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Engine is sluggish and hesitates on takeoff. Poor fuel milage. I changed spark plugs helped some but didn't fix problem


DIRTY AIR FILTER + CLOGGED FUEL INJECTORS RESTRICTED FUEL FILTER.BAD PLUG WIRES.AND CHECK TRANSMISSION FLUID IT COULD BE LOW CAUSING SLIPPING.THAT WILL GIVE YOU SLUGGISH ENGINE TAKE OFF.

Jul 09, 2010 | 1999 Oldsmobile Alero

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2003 jetta with sluggish acceleration


I suggest the valve timing is out just a little bit. The engine will still run, but it WILL be sluggish!

Apr 21, 2010 | Volkswagen Jetta Cars & Trucks

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Sluggish takeoff from stopping at intersection.Spark plugs and wires have been changed.


replace air filter.replace fuel filter. and check transmission fluid.if transmission fluid low.it will slip on take off.

Jul 02, 2009 | 2003 Mitsubishi Galant

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Momentarily Sluggish Acceleration


Are you loosing power to the ecu when the car is shut down? most cars with an ECU that controls timing, fuel, or boost can be forced to relearn the car if the ECU looses power (called a "limp" mode). I'd look into this. Also are you getting any check engine lights? considering the description of the problem, this would help to diagnose. Try getting the car started and running normally, then turn the car off but do not kill the power to the car, just stop the motor from running...Fire the engine back up and try to give the car a good stomp on the gas and see if you get the same sluggish problems...my 2 cents... Good luck future auto DIY's

Apr 16, 2009 | 2003 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

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Car runs sluggish and stalls


go to autozone have them check codes if not obd2 u can pull codes with a paperclip an jump plug that they plug scanner into an check engine light will flash code autozone will be able to tell u what code is

Dec 17, 2008 | 1995 Buick Park Avenue

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I have a 1989 Toyota Supra GA70, It has an A340E Autoatic Transmission. The problem is sometimes during takeoff it is very sluggish, this only happens sometimes, and other time it takes off normally. ...


EASY! first take down the valve body and remove the soleniods, they may not need replacing, inspect and cean them, it could just be debris! reinstall everything, if the problem still occurs replace just the solenoids

Jul 15, 2008 | 1987 Toyota Supra

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