Strange loss of power...
I wonder if any of you have experienced this...
I was driving on a freeway last weekend, moderate temperature, car running well, nothing out of the norm...
I was going about 75-80, then I started up this mild, but long, grade...and typically the car looses some speed to about 55, and I have to get on it a bit to even stay there....that's sort of the nature of the beast. I'm sure it's the same for most of you.
This time, as it started to loose speed, I felt a bit of "chugging"...some hesitation...and it got worse rapidly, I was down to 45 fast...this was not normal...I eased off the accelerator, and it still kept sputtering. I pulled off the next exit, and as I payed the toll, I had to put it in neutral and give it gas to even keep it going.
I thought it was something major, internal, maybe a valve or piston...it sounded bad. But temperature was normal, and nothing weird was coming from the tailpipe.
As I rounded the corner looking for the closest gas station so I could take a look, it kept sputtering and hesitating. By the time I made it to the next light (1/4 mile), as I pulled to the red--it was fine. Nothing. All gone.
I drove it the las 10-miles home, and it ran perfectly. The rest of the weekend--nothing. It is exactly as before. I've gone nowhere near that hill, of course, but other than that, no problems.
So, I'm thinking electrical...ignition, maybe? Or fuel pump?
It has good, new high-performance wires...but that's about all I've touched on electrical. I've done nothing with fuel.
Many thanks, in advance!