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1998 corolla sputters sometimes in first gear

My car starts and idle's just fine. When I go to accelerate from a stop it struggles and sputters through first gear and once I get to about 15mph, or it shifts, everything seems to be ok. Occasionally in other gears I feel a slight sputter, but it doesn't last.

Also, this does not happen every time I accelerate from a stop. It is more pronounced after the car has been sitting for a while, and sometimes seems as if the car is going to die (but it never has). It is slowly getting worse, and since I have a tight budget, would like to get some ideas before trying to take it anywhere.

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  • lewiswate Aug 04, 2009

    fuel injection

  • Chris Edwards
    Chris Edwards May 11, 2010

    is it fuel injection or carb?

  • Joe Fusco May 28, 2013

    I also have a 98 corolla, and am experiencing this same thing.

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Sounds to me like the Maf sensor is going bad map is the
mass air flow located right after the air box

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