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Old 05-20-2010, 02:50 PM   #1
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idk if this is a big problem...

sometimes when im driving (mostly when im in 1st and 2nd gear) the engine like boggs down in a way...like wom..wom...wom..wom and cant really accelerate unless i push the pedal to the metal for a second.. im not sure what it is, but is this a potential big problem? my dad who is a mechanic told me not to really worry about it right now. but im the only one who has exprienced the problem.

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Old 05-20-2010, 03:23 PM   #2
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If it's not running right it's a problem and needs attention. I don't know what wom..wom...wom is LOL but I can give you a place to start. My engine lost a lot of power a while back and I had to rev it high to keep it from sputtering. I pulled off the spark plug wires and where the cyl. # 3 wire connects to the coil, was all rusted. Water must have got into the boot and the cylinder was misfiring but not bad enough to throw a code. It could be many things and we need some more info in order to help. I see you have a 97 so I believe you have a distributor so check that as you don't have a coil.

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Old 05-20-2010, 03:48 PM   #3
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you know when you are first learning to drive stick and you release the clutch too fast and the vehicle like jerks back and fourth? thats what it is doing kinda..at about 2 rpms in 2nd gear
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Old 05-20-2010, 04:03 PM   #4
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Sounds like a good time to give the Jeep a once over. I would start with checking or replacing things like the air filter and spark plugs, and clean out the Throttle Body.
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Old 05-20-2010, 06:10 PM   #5
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Pull off your distributor wipe it down, get all moisture out, and spray some brake cleaner in it.. I had what seems to be the same problem not long ago, friend and I pulled the distributor off, got napkins from his f350 and wiped it down, like new again, didn't have brake cleaner with me but once I got home I sprayed it in there..

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Old 05-20-2010, 06:13 PM   #6
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bottle of fuel injector cleaner might help as well.
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Old 05-20-2010, 09:34 PM   #7
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Wil do! Thanks everyone
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Old 05-21-2010, 04:45 AM   #8
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jskinn, would you mind telling me what did the trick? I have the same problem, but fuel in my oil too.
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Old 05-21-2010, 08:30 AM   #9
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You can replace (do it yourself of course) your spark plugs, plug wires, distributor cap and rotor, all for about $60. There is a good chance that will fix your issues. That goes for you too, BackseatBandit.

Its a good idea to check your air filter and clean out your throttle body too.....

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