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Old 06-14-2008, 11:25 PM
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spark plugs, timing belt, or something else?

hey, my 97 auto is beginning to have an issue getting some acceleration.

by that, i mean, sometimes, when i'm proceeding from a green light, or making a left turn, my car has a hard time getting some gas - i usually have to press down on the accellerator more then required, and even then, it takes some time for the car to get to its appropriate speed. The car sort of jerks up when it gets the power to go faster.

i asked some people, and they said i need new spark plugs, while a few others say i need a new timing belt. i dunno guys, based on what i said, do u think you can help me out?
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Sounds a little like maybe plugs and leads could be the culprit. When was the timing belt changed last? It may be worth changing it just to make sure, but the t belt on its own wouldn't be the cause of those issues you posted.
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sounds like plugs to me

a lot of people also drive around with old fuel filters because it's kind of hard to get to
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Yeah with your symtoms you laid out can be a number of things that could be wrong, without being there and having a first hand look into whats going on with the car its hard to diagnose. However I would start out at the easiest or least exspensive remedy like what was mentioned earlier in this thread "Sparkplugs", plus wouldn't hurt to have a tune up especially if one hasn't been done in a while. With that your plugs won't do much good without good wires, wires that are arching or broken leads (wires) inside the insulation would cause the sparkplug to miss fire and cause the problems that you are experiencing. I would start there and see if that fixes the problem if not come on back to let us know if it worked or not then we'll know that you tried a tune up and can help you even further.
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thanks for the pointers, and i'll be sure to look at the spark plugs first

and rob, i'm probably going to start off with new spark plugs (seeing as its the cheapest fix so far) and i'll be sure to post the post-effects of it after and see what you all have to say,
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I just bought an 94 SI 5spd cheap. It is doing the same thing you are describing. My first thought was spark plugs, so i will try that and see if it works.
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i agree spark plugs first, i changed my 4th gen and that car started jerking, wouldn't accel right, and one of the plugs had come loose.. usually a misfire causing that "bucking" feeling. also my Honda Tech told me to check to see if the lines to the EGR valve were clogged. they were dirty but not clogged so i cleaned them, and tightened the plugs. it fixed the problem..good luck
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glad to see im not the only one with the problem!

it sounds like it has some effect on the car's fuel economy
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does it bring up a code or no? i had the same problem i fixed the fuel rail fuel injecotrs and spark plugs def do spark plugs first id agree
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I changed my spark plugs and wires. Got some NGK Platinums and NGK wires and the problem was gone. I couldn't believe in what shape the old plugs were in. The electrode tip was all gone there was a huge gap. I think those were the original factory plugs.
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yea most likely now your problem free for now!!
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