1998 Mitsubishi Challenger

Engine Performance problem
1998 Mitsubishi Challenger 4 cyl Four Wheel Drive Automatic 194522 miles

My Mitsubishi Challenger has 2 problems.

1. When you start in drive the second gear does not engage and engine loses power after a few meters car starts to jack as if requesting for more powerful gear.
When that happens I am forced to enter 1st from" L" Gear to " 2" then to " D" when vehicle reaches 40KPH

2. When driving up hill the Gear does not uplift to more power full gears, even if I apply to much force on the accererator the RPMs do not inrease at this point

What can I do at this point.
July 24, 2010.

Possibilities: Inspect and test all the following listed below: Oxygen sensor.
Catalytic converter.
Fuel injectors dirty/sticking.
Mass airflow sensor/Airflow meter.
Throttle position sensor.
Crankshaft position sensor
Knock sensor
Manifold absolute pressure sensor.
EGR Valve
Fuel pressure regulator leaking or defective fuel pump.
False air leakage.
Fuel contamination.
Foul/defective spark plugs.
Open spark plug wires.
Ignition coil/Coil packs defective.
Incorrect ignition timing.
Cap and rotor.

Note: If it doesn't apply disregard it.

Jul 26, 2010.
Remove positive terminal for 10 second and see if it clears the check light your car might be in limp on mode or low power mode

Jun 5, 2012.