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There are fuel lines inside the gas tank. Over time they can rust causing them to break or leak. You have one of two options, first you can pull the tank and replace the line. The second option is to keep the gas tank fuel level above the leak. And the fact that this happens mainly when going up a hill, suggests the leak is lower in the tank. All the gas shifts to the rear of the tank and exposes the leak. NOTE: The leak is probably just above the level you usually keep the tank filled to. So if you keep it at 1/4 that's where you'll find it etc....
Check the oil again. If the level is higher than it was after you changed it and/or is pasty again (kind of like milkshake) then you have coolant getting into it--most likely through a leaking or blown head gasket.
there is a plug on the shaft-side of the differential. Using a ratchet remove the plug and with the engine OFF, stick your finger inside the hole and you should get fluid just below the threads of where the plug goes in.
It sounds like your having some very serious issues.
First off how many miles are on the transmission?
If you have a lot of miles it could be that is it just plain worn out.
When its cold it may work a little better because the fluid is a little thicker and all the parts inside haven't expanded yet(due to heat) allowing them to not "slip" as easily.
I would check your fluid and take a look at it. If its dark and burnt smelling, its time to change it.
If it doesn't smell burned and its a red/oarnge color the fluid is probably fine.
I would then check your fluid level.
If you have to much fluid it can create air bubbles which will cause problems.
If you have to little fluid things won't be lubricated properly and will overheat, and this will also cause problems.
If your fluid level is also fine, then I would check your transmission filter(if equipped). This could be the cause of your problem as well.
If you've made sure you have fresh fluid filled to the correct level and a new transmission filter and it still acts up it is probably just worn out.
Hopefully my tips will get your car going up those hills for a little while longer,
Check your tail pipe for color. If insides are black you are running rich and it all may boil down to an oxygen sensor or an EGR valve. EGR valves are the most common causes for the 'check engine' light to come on. Your trouble codes will tell you what it is. Some auto stores will check it for free or you can buy an inexpensive checker.
It sounds like a tranny problem. Without more info kinda hard to diagnose. The simplist thing to check is tranny fluid. If its low, going up a hill will pull fluid out of the torque converter. It could be the converter itself. It could possibly a fuel problem, but unlikely. Hope this helps. John...
If there are no lights or ECU codes, esp the water temp sensor, then the usual remedies are to use injector cleaner, and clean the throttle body, check for water in the fuel filter (and the fuel tank). Make sure the engine oil level is full, and so on. I assume a hill outside Sydney doesn't get enough altitude to be an issue, unlike a hill outside of say Denver, CO that goes up near 10,000ft above sea level where you should expect a significant power loss.