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What would cause your automatic car to sputter and jerk bad when accelerating in first gear but be okay once it gets to second?

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05/25/2007

Try a basic tune up. New spark plugs, wires, cap and rotor. When the vehicle is in first gear and you are accelerating, that is when the most load is on the engine. It sounds as though under a load, you are losing your spark because it is arcing out where it should not be.