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engine sputtering... lost power, HELP!
I have a 97' Altima 5spd. with 110k miles. It has never had any problems since I got it 6 years ago with 50k miles. I replaced the clutch at 100k and thats it. I havent been driving it at all lately because my girl and I just drive my Miata all the time. So its been driven maybe 50 miles in the last 3 months.
About 2 weeks ago, my girlfriend was driving us to lunch when the car started sputtering really bad in 1st gear and jerking, like it was out of gas and losing power... it did this for just a few moments. I drove home without incident and didn't feel anything abnormal in any gear. I thought maybe my girl had forgotten how to drive a manual...
Yesterday, I filled the car up with a full tank of gas at a Chevron that I always go to, to take a 75 mile trip. Got there just fine in 85 degree heat... no problems whatsoever. On the way back, almost immediately after leaving, the car started doing the sputtering thing again REALLY bad. To the point that after 2 miles of driving, the car had no power and I had to pull over. It idled fine at 1000 rpm, but when I revved it up, hitting 3000 rpm, it lost power and the needle just bobbed between 1000 and 3000 rpm sporatically, and the engine was shaking badly. When I pulled over, the car still idled fine, but had no power above 3k rpm. THEN after about 10 mins, it died and I couldnt even get it started again.
I pulled over and checked under the hood, oil and such... everything looked fine but still wouldnt crank up. I went ahead and called a tow truck. He towed me home about 30 miles. When I got home, I tried cranking it up and it started just fine and had full power!!! I drove it around the block and it ran just perfectly????????
Does anyone have any idea what might cause this? I thought maybe clogged injectors? bad gas? bad distributor????
I haven't driven the car since I got it home because since it failed so randomly, I cant trust it until I figure out what went wrong. Any help is appreciated.