2000 Toyota Camry Acceleration and pull

Tiny
KJHBABY16
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  • 2000 TOYOTA CAMRY
  • 4 CYL
I have a 2000 Toyota Camry, and when I start it, its fine, but when I start to go, it chugs and I can't go fast speeds till it "catches up to itself". When I go up hills, it slows down and chugs when you press the gas. I replaced spark plugs and wires, hasn't helped.
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Sunday, February 22nd, 2015 AT 6:06 PM

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Tiny
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This could be the result of many things. Has the check engine light come on? Have you checked to make sure the catalytic converter isn't plugging? Have you checked fuel pump pressure to make sure it is within the manufacturer's specs?
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Sunday, February 22nd, 2015 AT 8:16 PM
Tiny
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Engine light is on, I don't know anything about cars.
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Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 AT 7:08 PM
Tiny
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Okay, the light is VERY helpful. And, don't worry about your prior knowledge. I'll help.

The first thing I need you to do is have the car's computer scanned for trouble codes. This is how it works. Your vehicle has an On Board Diagnostic (OBD) system. It will be referred to as OBD 2. Using a scanner, a person connects to the car's computer and is able to see a code. This code, known as a trouble code, will help identify where the problem is coming from.

With that being said, I need you to have the computer scanned. Most nationally recognized parts stores will do this for free. I don't know where you are located, but if there is an Auto Zone, Advance Auto or a place similar, take it there and have the "Scan the computer for trouble codes." Once they do it, let me know what the codes are that they found. I can then direct you.

I'll watch for your reply.

Joe
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Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 AT 7:35 PM

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