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Losing revs - stuttering - when using gas pedal

Hi everyone, I got my son a 1984 (not 1989), Suzuki Swift in QLD last year. he's now very sick, i can't afford to spend money at present but really need some help/advice. i can fix loads of things, very practical & hands-on. I've taken it to a couple of mechanics but nobody can work out what's wrong with it. The problem happens without warning, at various times, becoming more and more frequent. There is suddenly very little to no acceleration when i put my foot on the gas pedal it sort of 'falls away' and suddenly loses revs. If i pull over, turn off ignition, wait couple of mins, restart car and give it some good revs, it's fine as tho nothing happened. If i don't pull over but keep driving, it's as though the car is stuttering or coughing, with no real rev power, just stammering in very low revs. I don't use E10 fuel, the car has been fully serviced for past 2 years, it's not the sparkplugs (i watched the mechanic change them), i wonder if it's the carby? any advice would be very apprecaited, thank you, Melinda

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The carby sounds like a good place to start, but also a fairly expensive place as well. This is either the first of the 1.3 Swifts (4 cyl), but also may be a 3cyl 1.0 litre. I've had a couple of the 1.3 - both a GC 5 dr and a GL 3 dr. The 3 dr had a lot more km on it when I bought it 2nd hand, and had been used for some time without a proper fuel cap. Sometimes, I had power problems and it wouldn't idle, but the next day it would be fine - until it sucked another lungfull of water through the fuel filter. The original fuel filter on this model is in the engine bay on the passenger's side (LH) and is the "bowl"-type - ie: lines in and out on the top and the round filter hanging below. It clips into a holder. I would start by removing the filter and seeing if you have a water contamination problem. Not a lot else went wrong with that model, so I don't think I'd be looking for an electrical or distributor problem.

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