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i was driving my 99 SLE the other day and felt the engine not responding very well. like i went to accelerate from a stop and i saw the RPM go up, and the heard engine get louder but didnt feel the car move as much as it should. i wasnt on a hill. today the car felt normal, however i looked into recalls and said the fuel pressure regulator maybe be defective so im looking to replace that. any suggestions what the small problem could be??
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Tranny slip?
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Tranny slip?
My thoughts, too.

How does the fluid look and smell? Ever had it flushed?
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Does it feel like the cars trying to physicaly accelerate like you're on a steep hill, but it just can't do it?
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Mine was doing that before the trany went in it. Word of cautuon to you, as it sounds like you might be fallen victim as well.
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Does it feel like the cars trying to physicaly accelerate like you're on a steep hill, but it just can't do it?
yes its basically just like that
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Tranny slip?
My thoughts, too.

How does the fluid look and smell? Ever had it flushed?
fluid seems fine to me, never flushed, i was thinking of doing that when its warmer out
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I see in your signature that you have Bosch plugs and wires. How old are they? Those plugs and wires are junk in our 3800s. I would consider changing those before you pour money into the tranny. You have low miles for a tranny failure unless you've seriously been beating on it.

Pick up a set of NGK TR-55 plugs and a set of AC Delco plug wires.

Also, how old is your fuel filter? And have you checked your fuel pressures? Your pump may be getting weak.

I had a similar situation in my 99 that I couldn't resolve. Ended up being a weak fuel pump. Was only delivering 37 lbs. of fuel to the rail.

Let'* start with some cheap stuff first before you dump money into the tranny!
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Also...where are you located. It'* possible there are members nearby that could help out with diagnosing this issue.
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