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well if the RPM advances fast on engine and the car speed dont
that is tranny slip.
on the other hand if the engine RPM stays low, and speed is low that
is engine power loose.
2 completly different things, why not ask him which it is.
is my engine weak or is the the tranny slipping.
surely you know what slip means. right>?
like bumping in to neutral , under power. or partially
ENGINE RPM state that, going up said hill WOT
and can tell you.
Sounds like fuel pressure is too low-either a weak , old pump, or you need to change the fuel filter-most likely, the pump, though. Check the fuel pressure specification for your car, most mpfi systems require 40-50 lbs. of pressure.
You are not getting enough gasoline to the engine. Causes include: fuel filter clogged (When did you change the fuel filter last?) THat is the chief cause, but it could also be water in the gas especially in the winter as it freezes in the fuel lines.
Your excellent description provides a very short list of possible culprits, since your vehicle's symptoms all appear during periods of higher fuel demand.
(1) fuel filter - clogged - your description is absolutely classic (especially stumbling upon uphill acceleration) for a fuel filter in need of replacement. (2) spark plug wire - one or more bad - an engine can muddle along while traveling over level terrain with one cylinder intermittently failing to fire, but try to go uphill (even the slightest grade), and the engine will skip badly and can even stall if asked to accelerate. (3) in-tank fuel strainer - clogged - same symptoms as clogged fuel filter.
The fuel strainer is a sock-like pre-filter attached to the input side of the in-tank fuel pump.
The troubleshooting section of the 1998 Honda Civic EX manual states:
Priority Action Part Type Cause 1 Inspect Throttle Position Sensor - Faulty or Incorrectly Connected Throttle Position Sensor. 2 Inspect Mass Air Flow Sensor - Damaged, Loose, or Faulty Mass Air Flow Sensor or Circuit. 3 Inspect Choke - Stuck or Improperly Functioning Choke. 4 Inspect Air Cleaner Tempature Sensor - Damaged or Faulty Air Cleaner Tempature Sensor. 5 Inspect Fuel Filter - Clogged or Dirty Fuel Filter. 6 Inspect PCV Valve - Plugged or Damaged PCV Valve. 7 Inspect Carburetor - Worn, Faulty or Damaged Carburetor. 8 Inspect Fuel Injector - Dirty or Worn Fuel Injectors. 9 Inspect Hose (PCV) - Clogged or Collapsed PCV Hoses. 10 Inspect Fuel Pump - Faulty Fuel Pump. 11 Inspect Fuel Pump - Low Fuel Pressure.
Here's a YouTube video describing hoe to replace a fuel filter on a 2000 Honda Civic (the closest I could find for your 1998).
I would check the fuel pressure, sounds like a fuel delivery problem...possible dirty fuel filter. The vibration is probably due to a missfire. Have you had had a tune up lately? Check for vacuum leaks. I hope this helps.