Re: Any mechanics out there?
From what you described, it sounds like it might be a firing problem. Take off the distributor cap (The thing that all four of your spark plugs and coil wire plug into). This is something you can do yourself. It will be held on by either a couple of clips on the side of the cap or a couple of screws through the top of the cap. It will have a notches in the cap and the distributor itself to help you line it up when you put it back on. So don't worry about not being able to put it back on correctly. This is easy, I promise. After you've removed the cap from the distributor, check for corrosion on the four terminals inside the cap. There will also be a rotor button or a pickup on the distributor. Check to see if it is corroded. If you find any corrosion, take a piece of sand paper and sand off the corrosion, being carefull not to remove too much metal. You only want to remove the corrosion on these parts.
It also wouldn't hurt to check your air filter. After you have taken it off the car, hold it up to a light. You want to be able to see light through the filter. I don't think a dirty air filter is your problem, but a new one would help improve your fuel economy, and with the price of petro and your limited budget, that's a good thing.
One other thing. When you remove your distributor cap, leave the plug wires attached. That way you don't have to worry about the firing order.
If you have any questions about any of this just post them here, or you can PM me. I'll try to help all I can.
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