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2nd Gen (93-97) I4 2.0L Discussion of Maint Issues for I4

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Old January 8th, 2017, 09:30 AM   #1
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96 Probe intermittently stuttering/shuttering at all speeds

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I have a 96 SE (my 2nd 2.0) and I'm having an issue that just started a few weeks ago where the car will stutter hard as if the key were momentarily shut off and this happens at random at any speed. Sometimes it happens once, sometimes it happens 2,3,4 times in sequence. I can't really find any consistent patterns or triggers. Any suggestions?

My thoughts were to look at the MAF and TPS but I would think those would be a more consistent rough running issue, when the car doesn't stutter it's fine. It just feels like it shuts down then comes back to life. Battery connections appear to be solid, my old one used to stall momentarily because the negative terminal was loose but don't think that is the case here and this has more of a bucking/jerking feeling. My mechanic said he couldn't reproduce it but don't think he really tried. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks.
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Old January 8th, 2017, 10:14 AM   #2
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First things first I'd check all your grounds. Not just where the terminal connects to the battery. Get some sand paper and make sure everything has good contact. Wouldn't hurt to even add an extra ground. I've always had luck getting a short ground cable from AutoZone and attaching it under a fender bolt and to the negative terminal.
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Old January 11th, 2017, 11:24 AM   #3
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Clean the MAF out as well. That's something I recall from doing maintenance on the old probe
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Old January 11th, 2017, 12:33 PM   #4
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Excuse my old guy memory, but did the 2.0 suffer from igniter failures like the 2.5? If so, this sounds a lot like it.
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Old January 12th, 2017, 10:49 AM   #5
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Fuel filter needs changed?
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Old February 9th, 2017, 03:48 AM   #6
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Would also check to see if there are any stored codes. Just because the CEL isn't on doesn't mean there's no codes
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Old February 18th, 2017, 10:32 PM   #7
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Is the sputter just on takeoff?

If so my issue albeit on the 2.5 was the distributor. On takeoff when you have it gas it fell flat on its face like a drunk on new years but if you eased into it no problem after you got going.
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Old July 18th, 2017, 11:15 AM   #8
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vacuum leaks, cracks in intake hose from MAF to Throttle body maybe?
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