1989 Accord: Problem On Hills

Discussion in 'Accord' started by petewalk, Jul 22, 2007.

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    petewalk Guest

    I have a 1989 Accord, AT. I've noticed that the car has had very
    sluggish shifting of gears and now it experiences very "jerky"
    performance on hills. It feels as if the engine just loses power on
    hills and then sluggishly jerks forward. It's almost impossible to go
    up steep grades. Any thoughts on a cause?
    petewalk, Jul 22, 2007
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    Dan C Guest

    Do you think it could be because it's freakin' 18 years old...?
    Dan C, Jul 22, 2007
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    Elle Guest

    A plugged catalytic converter has often been reported to be
    the cause of these symptoms.

    Other, less expensive possibilities: Needs either new air
    filter, fuel filter, OEM plugs-wires-distributor cap, and
    check the timing. I would not rule out the need for a new
    oxygen sensor just yet, either.

    How many miles on this car? When was the last time a tuneup
    was done? Were OEM parts used?
    Elle, Jul 22, 2007
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    JP Guest

    This is classic clogged fuel filter symptom. Not enough fuel gets to the
    engine under the load of climbing the hill. Replace both fuel filters. One
    back by the tank, the other in the engine compartment.

    JP, Jul 23, 2007
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    Matt Ion Guest

    If it's a carbed version, at least, the rear filter is IN the tank, as
    part of the pump assembly...
    Matt Ion, Jul 24, 2007
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