1) Is that 'Vacuum Leaks' the only one reason my car goes slow uphill?
Or could it be something else too?
2) What do I do to fix it? I dont know much about vacuum leaks but is
it a expensive job?
3) I would be changing the time-belt of my car this weekend. Is there
anything specific I should ask the dealer to change too, keeping this
problem in mind?
Specs of my car: 1990 Honda Accord, Auto trans, 142K, 4 cyl
Approximately 10/9/03 13:20, QGoogle uttered for posterity:
A simple answer is that your motor sucks both gas and air for
The amount of fuel fed to the engine is controlled by electronics
that actually measure the amount of air that the engine sucks
as well as the pressure [actually vacuum] in the intake.
A vacuum leak will fool the electronics which may result in
the wrong fuel/air mixture being fed to the engine. Power
HOWEVER this is not the only thing that can cause power loss.
The list of things that can cause poor power is quite large
including such things as a clogged catalytic convertor, an
exhaust leak, a clogged fuel filter, a really clogged air
filter, old worn out plugs, a broken hose anywhere in the
engine management, or even that elephant hiding in the trunk.
Your first problem is that you appear to lack even the basic
concepts of how your engine works and how to troubleshoot.
You also lack the ability to even begin to express such important
information as the last time it had a tuneup, whether or not
you would recognize any of the vacuum lines if they bit you,
whether you notice any funny noises or the automatic is
not shifting down for hills, etc. etc. etc.
Yes. Try the car on a flat stretch and see if you also notice
If you notice any noises, make careful notes as to when you hear
And no, there is nothing definite you can tell the dealer to
change for the simple reason that the symptom you give is
pretty much useless for figuring out what might be wrong.
Just tell your mechanic that the car is also down on power
and when you began noticing that...
Still not a lot of use....