2002 Subaru Forester stutters on take off, will backfire then suddenly engage and shoot forward
Have had IAT sensor replaced (showed code), then fuel filter, spark plug wires
rreplaced, auto trans flush, oil change and new filter plus general maintenance
service on 137K. Still not running right. Much hesitation and rough running.
Check for cracked coil. Did you flush the AT (wrong!) or simply drain and refill (right!)? Try spray-cleaning throttle body and assuring vacuum hoses, pcv and MAF sensor areas are not leaking vacuum.
Could problem have to do with fuel injectores? Any use to add Fuel Injector Cleaner?
Go ahead and use a fuel injector cleaner. It may or may not fix the problem but you are only spending $10 or so.
I noticed that you did not mention new spark plugs. Did you replace them?
No - they had recently been replaced about 4K ago.
Swap out that coil! Used ones are cheap, and it's an easy job.
Finally - It turned out to be the AFS - Air/Fuel sensor. Repalced and car works just fine, with more pep and, more importanly, no more stuttering!! Yay! Thanks for your info. C
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