2000 Elantra Automatic engine light and poor performance

My 2000 automatic Elantra engine light is on constantly. The car starts fine, but when you put it into gear, you have to fully depress the gas pedal, it then sputters and jerks for about 5 minutes, it will
then run alright. It almost seems like too much air is in the mixture at start up? Could it be a dirty fuel injector? Will adding fuel injector cleaner help? The car has 67,000 miles on it.
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That's not a question that can be answered by a newsgroup Nancy. No one here can see the car. Your best bet is to take the car to a local parts store like Auto Zone, or Advance Auto, or the likes. Most of these will perform a scan of the car for free and advise you of any codes stored in association with the CEL. Come back here with that information and it's more likely someone here can help you. As it is right now - too many things could cause your problem and without further information, it would just be a crap shoot.
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What makes you think there is too much air and perhaps not enough air? Could be a lot of things. Car makers spend a lot of money putting electronics in new cars so you can see the "check engine" light and know something is amiss. Have it scanned and it will narrow down the problem. Fuel injector cleaner will help keep your wallet clean of extra bills.
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Most likely, youve got a secondary ignition system (spark plug, wire, coil) problem causing a misfire. But esp is correct. Have it scanned. Then youll know what type of problem youre looking for for sure. If it is a misfire, the code will even tell you what cylinder is misifiring.
"Edwin Pawlowski" wrote:
wrote in message > > > My 2000 automatic Elantra engine light is on constantly. > The car > > starts fine, but when you put it into gear, you have to > fully depress > > the gas pedal, it then sputters and jerks for about 5 > minutes, it will > > then run alright. It almost seems like too much air is in > the mixture > > at start up? Could it be a dirty fuel injector? Will adding > fuel > > injector cleaner help? The car has 67,000 miles on it. > > > > What makes you think there is too much air and perhaps not > enough air? > Could be a lot of things. Car makers spend a lot of money > putting > electronics in new cars so you can see the "check engine" > light and know > something is amiss. Have it scanned and it will narrow down > the problem. > Fuel injector cleaner will help keep your wallet clean of > extra bills.
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Oh as a side note , the code readers may not be able to retrieve the code , I had a coil problem a few months ago and Autozone's reader said there was no code but the dealership's reader did find the codes .
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