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.
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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Does it use spark plug wires or individual ignition coils for the each plug?. My 98 intrepid uses coils and occasionally I have to change them out cause it would start to miss when normal temperature was achieved. If it uses wires, try replacing them, along with the spark plugs.
I have a similar problem with one of my Toyota Corollas. It's a 95 model with the 1.8L engine (7A-FE, automatic). But unlike yours, it has plenty of power while running. Here's what it does. Occasionally the engine misses. Sometimes it will die. This is most likely to happen when you start the car and put it in reverse and start rolling without giving the engine time to adjust. I've been told by some customers that it will die sometimes when coming to a stop. But this has never happened when I drive it. I don't think it's a fuel issue because the car runs just fine when it's running.
Here's what I've tried so far:
Replaced spark plugs and wires.
Used gasoline additive fuel injector cleaner.
Checked air filter.
Checked vacuum hoses for leaks.
Replaced PCV valve and hoses.
Cleaned the air intake and throttle body with carburetor cleaner.
So far there is no change in the problem.
What I plan to do next:
Check the throttle position sensor.
Check the MAF sensor.
Adjust the idle via the set screw.
After that I have no idea what to do next if the problem persists. The check engine light is not on so I don't think there are any error codes. Will let you know.