The clutch disengages the engine from the gearbox in a manual-transmission car, enabling the driver to change gear.

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What does a flywheel do and what is it connected to?

I understand roughly how an engine works and that there is a crankshaft which is able to turn the flywheel using internal combustion. I have just realised that I have got absolutely no idea how the ...
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Does resting your foot on the clutch wear it out?

Does driving with your foot always resting on the clutch (not pushing) generally wear it down?
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Manual transmission at stop: 1st with clutch in, or neutral with clutch out? -OR- Throwout Bearing wear

When sitting in traffic or at a long red light, is the Best Practice to have the car in 1st gear with your foot on the clutch, or in neutral with your foot off the clutch? Some say that you should be ...
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How to test a clutch

I have just bought a second hand car, and I have the feeling that the clutch is worn out. How can I do a quick clutch sanity check?
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What mechanical action is heel and toe (clutchless) shifting trying to accomplish?

I just ran across the phrase "heel and toe" shifting from this answer I've worn through the floor mat in two places trying to become better at heel and toe-ing, though. and this question: ...
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Engine revs high 5th gear manual transmission

What might cause a car with a manual transmission that in 5th gear when given a punch of gas revs to very high rpms – with no power transferred to the wheels (i.e. the tachometer and speed go ...
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Engine noise / rattle when clutch is fully pressed [BMW 320d e46, manual]

I have a strange noise, like a rattling/stomping sound at idle, when pressing the clutch pedal. The clutch and the flywheel (DMF), were both changed with new parts. Except for that sound, the car ...
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Clutch smell after botched attempt at accelerating on a ramp

Recently on a ramp in a parking structure I messed up when trying to accelerate again from a standstill by not letting the clutch out far enough and bringing the engine to way too high rpms (may have ...
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Causes of early clutch failure EXCLUDING driver style

UK 61 plate, Ford Diesel Mondeo Estate, Econetic: clutch replaced at 31,800 miles; failure caused by 'driver style' I use my car daily for commuting and for business. It's supplied to me as a company ...
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Can I drive with a broken/without the spider spring in my clutch?

Long story short: I managed to break the spider spring inside my slipper clutch. Apparently these things happen. Below are two pictures of this work of art: Now I have some 300km separating me ...
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Brake fluid doesn't move in the master cylinder container

I have done a clutch bleed on my Toyota Corolla e120 2006 because I had some difficulties shifting out of 1st gear, I bled it through the slave cylinder and I noticed the fluid was dark black, I was ...
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What would happen if you shifted into reverse while you are going forward?

First, I am talking about manual cars and I know this is considered impossible because of the synchronized gears, but lets suppose that you can manage to shift gears (For example you could shift into ...
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Holding clutch when braking

I always hold my clutch when braking suddenly in traffic or to move in traffic. I heard that its bad driving. I tried to stop holding clutch and I am unsuccessful in it. How bad is this for ...
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Clutch less shifting - why does it work? Is it bad?

I have been driving stick for 15 years and within the last year I learned I can shift gear without the clutch. Normally the transmission will not let me shift gears without using the clutch. ...
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Why does my vehicle still stay in gear when I press clutch to floor?

I've read these posts but I still don't fully undestand how a clutch works. Clutch Test Clutch Adjust Clutch Troubleshoot Clutch Has Low Catch A few weeks a go my mechanic replaced the clutch master ...
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What are the pro's and con's of compression braking vs. exhaust braking?

My truck supports 2 types of engine brakes: Compression release brake Exhaust brake Both can be selectively deactivated using switches. What are the pro's and con's of each type of engine braking ...
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1982 Yamaha Virago - Several things are wrong and i'd like to repair myself

Several things have happened in the past couple days and I would like to know what could possibly be wrong before I take it all apart. Engine dies after letting off the throttle while on the road. ...
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Does giving gas while releasing the clutch cause unnecessary wear?

I drive a 2013 Ford Fusion SE with manual transmission. I learned to drive a manual as a kid but picked up a lot of bad habits. In particular I tend to naturally ride the clutch. Now, of course in 1st ...
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difference between mechanical and hydraulic clutches

What are the differences between a mechanical clutch and a hydraulic clutch? Applications Performance/driving Reliability Maintenance/Repair
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What problems may occur if clutch is not used?

I was curious about what problems may arise if clutch is not used when shifting gears. Are the problems similar for both cars and bikes?
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Hand turned the crankshaft while in gear. Clutch damage?

My timing belt broke on a 2008 Hyundai Accent and due to being broke I decided to try and fix it myself. I managed to get everything off, two slightly bent valves on the head which I took to a shop ...
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What can cause my motorcycle to shift into gear (but not all of them) without using the clutch?

I'm riding a Honda CB600F Hornet built 2006 (last model with carbs). I put it away for the fall/winter about 6 months ago. This week I was doing the maintenance, cleaned the brakes, lubed cables, ...
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Clunking sounds when decelerating or idle with clutch engaged

I have an issue with a 2010 Opel / Vauxhall Insignia 2.0 CDTI Sports Tourer (aka Buick Regal in the States if I'm not mistaken) and I'm having difficulties pinning it down. It's going to be a lengthy ...
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Shift “Grinding” Issue?

Lately I've been noticing a grinding/resisting force and sound when I shift from first to second gear in my 2003 Jetta GLI. It is ruining driving for me because every time I shift from first to second ...
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When stopping, should I put the transmission in neutral?

When I have to stop the car but I know that I will be moving again soon, on the red light for example, should I shift to neutral? When I was learning how to drive, my instructor said that there is no ...
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how a clutch works

I understand how a clutch can separate the flywheel from the clutch disk so that power is disconnected from the engine but how when that happens, the input shaft (along with the countershaft) stops ...
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Music stops playing when pressing the clutch down

In my car the music of my car radio stops playing almost every time when I press the clutch. It does not always stop, but probably in 80% of the cases. It never stops when I do not press the clutch. ...
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Clutch pedal no longer provides resistance, clutch won't disengage, what likely failed?

A little background information: Car: 1993 Ford Mustang LX [2.3L I4], 5-speed T5 transmission. I bought the car a few months ago, according to the previous owner the clutch was replaced fairly ...
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How to tell if you have a bad clutch?

I drive a 2004 VW Passat B5.5 that I bought used with quite a high mileage so it has therefore had a relatively large amount of usage (at 118k miles). I am curious to know how to tell if the clutch is ...
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Any possibility of engine stall if engine brake is active during gear shift?

My understanding: Engine brake uses engine friction to damp the vehicle momentum. If one wishes to apply engine brake to assist manual gearshift,(activate engine brake, rpm dies, shift to lower ...
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Clutch pulls in too easy after reassebling the clutch basket, what did I did wrong?

I have a 1982 Kawasaki KZ550C LTD. When I got the bike one of the bearings on the starter assembly was worn out and would slip. So I pulled the engine and had to tear it down in order to get to the ...
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Manual 2008 Ford Ranger won't go into gear sporadically

I recently purchased a used 2008 Ford Ranger. Not long afterwards I began having trouble getting it into gear. I took it in and the clutch was worn out and needed to be replaced. The slave and ...
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How to extend the life of the dual mass flywheel in a diesel engine?

I am looking for ways to improve the life of the dual mass flywheel (DMF) in my 2005 Ford Focus tdci. I have heard that they can wear out quite quickly on the Ford Focus if they are driven in city ...
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Does rolling forwards while in reverse gear damage my car?

In my 2003 Opel Agila, I rolled forward about 2m with the clutch in while still in reverse gear, and my transmission made a whining sort of noise. The clutch was fully in at this point so I have not ...
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Troubleshooting 'random' clutch problems

I've got a customer who came in complaining that the clutch pedal had gone 'funny': it wasn't 'coming back up' like it used to. As he was in for service anyway, we replaced the clutch fluid, and it ...
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What are the differences between a wet motorcycle clutch and a dry motorcycle clutch?

What are the differences between a wet motorcycle clutch and a dry motorcycle clutch? More specifically, what are the differences in applications performance reliability maintenance/repair
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Gear Shifting is Very Hard

I have Pulsar 135 motorcycle. Ove the last few days shifting gears has become difficult. In 1st gear I have to push very hard. There is a clacking noise that comes from the side of the engine when ...
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Car idles rough and makes rattling sound in neutral

I recently replaced the clutch in my 2000 E39 M5 with a stage 4 rigid hub 6 puck MIBA disc, high load self adjusting pressure plate (re-used allen bolts, torqued to "feels just slightly tighter than ...
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My clutch won't engage all the way down

1990 Chevrolet 1500 Me and my neighbor just put a new clutch and a pressure plate in and about 2 weeks ago I put a bottom slave cylinder on it. I'm having trouble with my clutch engaging as well as ...
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What would cause a clutch master cylinder to go bad?

I have a 1980 Honda Prelude and have only driven it a few hundred miles per year for the 10 years I've owned it. Redid the clutch when I got it, with new cylinders and everything. Last week I got in ...
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Clutch dragging and making squeaking/grinding noise

My motorcycle clutch (Yamaha Diversion) has recently started dragging extremely badly; I need to rev-match up and down gears and shifting from neutral into first requires me to rev the engine, pull ...
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Scania clutch issue with syncromesh gearbox

The clutch of our 124 Scania stopped working properly with the "14 speed" syncromesh gearbox. The first time it happened, it ground instead of smoothly going into reverse (a non-syncro gear), to back ...
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Clutch gone on my Leon Cupra after less than 2 months of ownership

I bought a Leon Cupra TSI 280 less than 2 months ago and done 1750 miles and the clutch has gone! I took it back to them with around 900 miles on and less than a month old with the problem as the ...
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Turning off a manual transmission car by stalling the engine

Instead of turning off the ignition with the clutch disengaged, if a person makes a habit of stopping their car by stalling the engine (leaving the transmission in gear and taking their foot off the ...
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What exactly is a clutch?

I found out recently that the flywheel, driven by the crankshaft, is connected to (or part of) the clutch. I have a basic understanding of what a clutch does due to the fact that I know how to drive a ...
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Why is it that the front of the car lifts up when releasing the clutch?

I don't know much about the inner workings of a car. For driving one, I find that having an rough idea about what the gearbox, engine and clutch do and where they are is often enough. However for the ...
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Manual Transmission - Stuck in Neutral

I was at a red light and my car was in neutral and got stuck (wouldn't go to first). My mechanic told me that it is the clutch and is going to cost $1,200 to replace. The guy at AutoZone said that it ...
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Clutch sticking, wait until engine's warm

I drive a 96 Honda Del sol it's got about 200k on the engine. So lately my clutch hasn't been going into first or neutral when I try to start it. There is often very little resistance in the clutch at ...
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What does “clutch grabs hard” mean?

I recently had an engine swap done and will pick it up soon. Mechanic swapped in a 6 puck competition clutch as well. Combined with a very light flywheel(same weight as I'm used to driving, 8 lb), ...
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Did I damage my car by trying to move in reverse with the handbrake on?

I was in a hurry to leave for the office yesterday and forgot that my handbrake was engaged while starting. I started the engine, clutched, and reverse geared, and found the vehicle not moving ...