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#33 of 38 1998 Regal LS doesn't like hills
Jul 31, 2010 (5:06 pm)
I just bought the car....one owner...200k(highway miles) and it checked out fine in Carfax. Right away I notice 2 problems. The oil pan is leaking, and the one that really woories me is that while holding it at a steady speed, anywhere from 45 - 55 MPH, while going up inclines, even not so steep inclines, it shudders and shakes....then it runs fine. Anyone else ever experience this problem?
#34 of 38 Re: 1998 Regal LS doesn't like hills [classofcountry]
Aug 07, 2010 (11:37 am)
Nope. Probably needs a tune-up. My dealer recently quoted me a price of $189. Check all your filters as well.
#35 of 38 Re: 1998 Regal LS doesn't like hills [jipster]
Aug 07, 2010 (1:05 pm)
Thanks jipster. I'll give it a shot. 3 mechanics told me it was transmission is shot. I really didn't want to hear that.
#36 of 38 Re: 1998 Regal LS doesn't like hills [jipster]
Nov 17, 2010 (12:05 pm)
I had the same problem, even had people tell me it was the tranny. Wrong! It was a bad spark plug wire.
#37 of 38 Re: 1998 Regal LS doesn't like hills [classofcountry]
Jan 17, 2011 (5:41 pm)
I've had a similar problem with my 95 Regal. Like sometimes Iíll be driving on the highway, and having no problems. Then Iíll be going up a hill at around 55 mph, and then the car will shudder as I try to maintain a speed of 55 mph. So I have to ease off the accelerator and slow down. At first I thought this was a transmission problem, but Iím guessing itís the same problem that causes my choppy idle.
So I had this acceleration problem on the highway when I was going up a hill. And a weak idle. These problems have been going on for several months now. They were annoying, but didnít seem that serious. Then all of a sudden, on a rainy day, the car was really responding poorly to acceleration at all speeds. I was able to drive around, but I couldnít count on the car responding right away when I hit the gas pedal. And the car would shudder at times.
Then, I didnít drive the car for a few days, and then it was dry, no rain, and the car ran better. So Iím thinking humidity makes the problem worse.
I have also noticed over the past few months, that the car runs best when I start it up after a few days of not running it. Then if I drive the car a few miles and let it sit for about 2 hours or so, it would idle weakly when I would start it up again. The carís been doing that for several months now, but it wasnít really affecting the drivability or the response of the car when I hit the gas pedal.
Now itís gotten much worse. So, Iíve already replaced the following items myself to no avail: mass air flow sensor, oxygen sensor, and egr valve. Iím guessing the next thing to fix is the pcv valve. But I also think it might be the fuel pump. My first guess though is the pcv valve.
So I guess you have a similar problem. I'll let you know more as I learn more. Have you figured out what's causing your hill problem yet?
#38 of 38 3.8 doesn't like hills
Jun 29, 2011 (12:40 pm)
My 2001 Regal 3.8 coughs (I've heard it called fishbite, hesitation, misfiring, loss of power, and chuggles) at about 50-60 mph, 1500 rpm on hills or upon acceleration. I've replaced TPS, EGR valve, MAF, MAP, O2 sensor, spark plugs and wires, coils, ICM, and PCM. Fuel pressure is okay. Starting and idle are okay. Gas mileage is okay. Catalytic converter and exhaust are okay. Transmission is okay. No problem with performance at any other time. I haven't replaced the crank position sensor or injectors (too expensive for just a troublehshooting guess). I suppose after 196K miles it could be time to replace those, too. I read that there is a new and improved GM throttle position sensor (part no. 24504798) that will solve my problem. I'm not sure what the one was that I just put on new, but I don't think it's any different than a new and improved one. Has anybody figured out the solution to this problem?