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A little wile ago now my car use to splutter when trying to accelerate too fast and have problems changing gear, just felt like it was starting and stopping (rev counter going crazy).... I got it booked in for a transmission oil change and that seemed to sort out the problem...

6 months down the line I am having the same sort of problem once again, however once the car has warmed up (been running for 20Min it will run perfect).... and it is worse when the weather is colder....

I booked it into a garage and they said he threw up alot of codes all relating to the cylinders 2 and 3 misfiring and a couple of sensors being clogged, they cleaned it all and it seemed to run perfect...

As soon as i drove away however... the same spluttering happened and even a slight clunking noise underneath the car.

Now I will take it back to the garage but am wondering whether any of you guys could help me narrow down what this could be as i originally thought this was down to my gear box but now wonder whether it has anything to do with the Coil packs.

Just weird how it will run perfectly fine one time i go to drive and another.... splutter when try to pull away to quick.... losing all power and then starting again! :( :confused:

Just want to have my fun car back!

Any help would be amazing....
 

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Define sputter a little better. Can you link the problem to a specific throttle range? Since it happens when the engine is hot it sounds like a failing sensor that doesn't like heat. Is it still an issue with gear changes or did that go away with the transmission service? I ask because a transmission issue should not throw engine codes. It sounds like you are describing two problems. My '98 is having shifting issues under heavy throttle also. I bought transmission filter and fluids to change and fix that issue. Please keep us informed as to what you find. It may benefit me too! :D Good luck!
 

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Define sputter a little better. Can you link the problem to a specific throttle range? Since it happens when the engine is hot it sounds like a failing sensor that doesn't like heat. Is it still an issue with gear changes or did that go away with the transmission service? I ask because a transmission issue should not throw engine codes. It sounds like you are describing two problems. My '98 is having shifting issues under heavy throttle also. I bought transmission filter and fluids to change and fix that issue. Please keep us informed as to what you find. It may benefit me too! :D Good luck!
It happens when the engine is cold, once it has been running for awhile it seems to run fine!

When I acelerate it gets to around 2/3000 revs and starts sputtering (engin seems to cut out and then kick back in over and over again, clunking sound from under the car and sputtering from the exhaust...
It use to only happen for the first ten or so yards of driving and with my foot heavy on the accelerator peddle it seemed to clear itself up and run smooth... but as the weather has got colder it is taking longer and longer and sometimes not clearing up at all.

That's why i thought i might have something to do with the transmission fluid as it had never been changed in the cars life.. and when they changed it they only changed 4l! not 8 like i read.

If I find anything out i will keep this post updated.... I cant see that anyone has had any problems like this on any SLK forum :(
 

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Check into the CPS (crank position sensor), they have been an issue in the past for people.
CPS would cause starting issues or car would cut out and not start etc but giving half hour or so would start again etc

Best bet elliminate all codes from engine first .

Poss air flow / throttle unit ..

Needs diagnostic reader and a good one .
 

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A bad cps will also throw a misfire code and go into limp mode if you get on the throttle to hard. Had this problem last year.
 

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check for splits in the pipe between maf and airbox sounds like it could be running lean. when cold the affects would be more pronounced
 

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I'm have the same issue. Drove home at 20 km/hr with people honking at me. Engine light on, sputtering light it wasn't getting enough fuel and clunking noise under the transmission area. Thanks for the post.
 
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