1990 Chrysler New Yorker HELP! Too many problems-no money

  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • 65,000 MILES
I am more down on my luck than any one person should have to be an desperately need some advice. I have a 1990 chrysler new yorker 5th avenue, we purchased it with 58,000 original miles it now has 65,000 miles everything was fine for the first couple of months then all kinds of problems started and with this being the only family car and no money for a new one or to take it to a mechanic I am trying to figure out what it all could be. It started with trying to start the car you have to keep it turned over for about 10-12 times before it starts then it acts like it wants to die so you have to touch the gas lightly it bogs a little but then idles fine? It seems like mabye not getting a good spark like it could be the distributer cap or spark plugs not real sure? The next problem is when you go to push on the brake and the car shifts down it kind of jerks lighlty til you almost come to a stop then its a harder jerk, then sometimes when you go to accelerate it does a hard jerk before it'll go, I wanna say transmission but praying for something easier and cheaper? I can hopefully figure out the other problems on my own but these two im not real sure where to start any advice would be so greatly appreciated thank you!
Tuesday, January 6th, 2009 AT 2:29 PM

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Try checking the fuel filter, if the car starts then you are getting spark. I was told by a good mechanic that 1990's are known for weak fuel pumps also, I had to have mine changed even though I heard the old one working. My 1990 salon had alot of debris in the tank and made the car run rough, I think I changed the fuel filter like 15 times before it started to run fine for over a month.

As for the jerking, try changing the tranny filter and fluid, might be time for it, also try adding a additive for slipping transmissions.

I will say that id try getting the car running right before messing with the transmission because ssome vehicles rely on the engine running right to make the traanny run right
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Tuesday, January 27th, 2009 AT 9:48 AM

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