Toyota camry 1998 csi auto transmission,has loss of power while climbing hill and during pick up,i.e from stop to go,engine rpm is normal while standing and in idle,and engine revs up to 3000 rpm during pick ups,what might be the problem?
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Sounds like the transmission went south on you..(surge and power loss was the trans not sending power to the wheels, allowing the engine to freewheel as the cruise applied more power to try and maintain speed).Depending upon how high the rpm's went when it let go, it may have damaged the engine, but that remains to be determined...Your mechanic will likely concentrate on that before putting a transmission on a wounded engine. The one grain of hope in what you said is that it remained running while you had the a/c on waiting for a tow. Good Luck!!