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Strange engine stuttering problem around 1500 to 1800 rpms.

98 Accord / 85,000 miles / automatic / 4 cyl.
When driving slowly (35 mph or so) and I am barely on the accelerator trying to maintain the slow speed, the car will sometimes stutter, almost like it can't decide which gear to stay in.
I really can't tell if its the engine or the transmission that causes it.
- Happens when on a level road (not uphill or downhill)
- When the engine is warm
- Sometimes is worse than others, but don't see a consistency

Our 97 CRV does the same thing. ( 175,000 miles / automatic )

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  • woodpile Sep 06, 2008

    No. I don't know how. Any special tools?

  • woodpile Sep 13, 2008

    I found that there is a fluctuation in voltage as I increased the throttle. At a idle, the voltage was around .9's. When I moved the throttle slightly, it dropped the the .8's, then as I continued to accelerate, it went back to the .9's, and then 1.1's and 1.2's.

    Also, it was inconsistent from one attempt to another.

    I will order a tps, and see what happens. Any suggestion on where or what to buy?

    I see that ebay has a few options.

    Thank you very much for your suggestion. :)



    Note; Sometimes when pulling out at a red light, the car would hesitate slightly, kinda fall on its face a bit. Usually when the engine is cold.

  • John Husman May 11, 2010

    have you tested the throttle position sensor?

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YOU CAN TEST IT WITH A OHM"s meter or a multi meter one is your ground wire the other two send the signal to your computer.what you are looking for is when you rotate the throttle do it as slow as possible and as steady.If the reading jumps alot when you slowly rotate the throttle then it is a bad tps.let me know what the outcome is.Thank you for using fixya

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  • John Husman Sep 14, 2008

    Make sure it is a direct fit or oem fit for your make and model of car.If not you could either send a bad signal that tells the computer that the accelerator is held to the floor and the car will not start.or you will be back to square one with an erratic idle.Thanks for using fixya!

    PS.Thank you for getting back to me!!!

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