I'm having a couple problems with my 1996 Mitsubishi Galant s

Tiny
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  • 1996 MITSUBISHI GALANT
  • 160,000 MILES
My main problem with this car just started yesterday- I was driving home and pushed down on the gas when my engine just revved but the car didn't accelerate. This happened a couple of times, I get no acceleration but the engine is still revving and the RPMs are going up; I also noticed my odometer is slower to react now.

Another problem I'm having happened a few days ago, I started up my car in the morning and got this weird tapping sound coming from the glovebox area- I popped my hood with the engine running and it is definitely not an engine problem, it is only coming from the inside of the car. I messed with all of my air settings and that didn't change anything.I've had my SRS light on since I bought the car but I don't see how that could be related?

Any help, especially pertaining to the first question, would be sooo greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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Monday, April 30th, 2012 AT 7:09 PM

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Tiny
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Is it an automatic transmission?
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Monday, April 30th, 2012 AT 7:14 PM
Tiny
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Yes, automatic with 160k miles
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Monday, April 30th, 2012 AT 7:15 PM
Tiny
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So describe transmission operation as you start from stop and go to highway speed. Anything unusual in this procedure?
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Monday, April 30th, 2012 AT 7:19 PM
Tiny
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Well I notice my odometer is slow to react. It'll drive and shift just fine for a minute but then as I'm hitting the gas my car just won't accelerate anymore, the engine will rev but the car wont go. If I take my foot off the gas for a second and try again I can get some power but the same thing will happen again in less than a minute. I haven't even tried going highway speed, this has been around my neighborhood going between 20-40 MPH
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Monday, April 30th, 2012 AT 7:31 PM
Tiny
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The engine revs up but the car doesn't respond- could I possibly need a transmission change or a new catalytic converter?
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Monday, April 30th, 2012 AT 7:34 PM
Tiny
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If engine revs I doubt converter is fault. Pay attention to what gear it is in when this happens? Any dash warning lights on?
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Monday, April 30th, 2012 AT 7:48 PM
Tiny
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No, nothing except for the SRS light. If I had to guess, I'd say this happens in 2nd-3rd gear, I would be able to tell you for sure when I am off work in a couple of hours. Do you think I'm looking at an expensive fix?
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Monday, April 30th, 2012 AT 7:53 PM
Tiny
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Have you checked trans fluid level? Usually this should be done when in park on level ground with engine idling.
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Monday, April 30th, 2012 AT 8:49 PM
Tiny
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Found some info on trans that fits your issue. The reccomendation is to replace 1 way clutch pack/parts. This is actually accessable without removing transmission. Is a common problem with these.
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Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 AT 7:00 PM
Tiny
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I just checked my fluid levels and everything is dangerously low, my coolant and oil are basically non-existant
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Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 AT 7:16 PM
Tiny
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Fill er up to proper level and see if it's a fix.
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Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 AT 9:06 PM

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