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

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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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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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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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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 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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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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Clutch catches VERY high, is this bad?

I have a '98 Rodeo and the clutch catches extremely high up the pedal. It's probably 1-2" down (90% up in the travel). The clutch does not slip at all and the car runs great. Is this indicative of ...
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Clutch pedal on 1995 VW Golf is sticking

The clutch pedal on my 1995 VW Golf 'sticks' in the half-way-depressed position after I release my foot from the pedal. I believe that the clutch is fully engaged (unclutched) at this point, but a ...
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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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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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What is a modular clutch?

What is a modular clutch and why do I have to buy a flywheel when I replace it? Car: 2004 Dodge Neon SRT-4.
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Repetitive manual clutch failure

I've been having problems with my clutch in my manual Skoda Felicia (1997) car. After (usually) some long drives the clutch fails to disengage (forever from that point on) and must be replaced. I had ...
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Is it ok to give gas while releasing the clutch?

First question on the site, I hope this is appropriate. 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 ...
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Revs shooting up when accelerating in high gears

The other day my '03 Ford Fiesta suddenly failed in 4th gear when I changed from 3rd to 4th. My revs shot right up reaching roughly 5000 without any acceleration then after a few seconds the revs went ...
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Which is it; transmission,clutch, or slave cylinder

I have a problem with my 92 Geo Prizm 5 speed manual transmission. I could use some advice from someone knowledgeable about manual transmissions. Here are the symptoms: DURING cranking, in ...
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Problem with Clutch or Gearbox

I'm having a bit of trouble with my car; it's a Ford Fiesta 1.4 Zetec (2008 model). These past few weeks when I accelerate hard the rev meter rises steadily up to a point and then shoots to the top ...
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Car makes a “winding down” noise when I put in the clutch

I am about to buy a '96 Saturn SC from someone, and he is letting me test drive it for a few days before I decide to buy or not. I took it in to a mechanic today who tested it out, found a few repairs ...
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Car I test drove had a high clutch engagement point; why?

I test drove a 2002 BMW 325xi with 80,000 miles on it the other day and while it didn't have any major issues cosmetically or mechanically from what I could see, there was something strange about the ...
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Why would a manual transmission intermittently get “stuck” in reverse?

I have a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 4Cyl 1.8L Wagon with a manual transmission. I had my clutch replaced about a year ago. A couple months ago, it started having intermittent problems getting out of ...
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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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Gear Linkage repairs for VW Polo Mk3 (1997)

I had a problem changing gears on my Polo (1997, 1.4 petrol, 3 door, UK). It was hard to find the gears especially 1st and 2nd, and reverse would grind, and it was worse when the car was warmed up ...
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Squeek when I depress clutch in Honda Civic

I have a 2008 Honda Civic and for about 2 weeks there is a squeaking sound when I depress and release the clutch while changing gears. Do I need to oil something? It is very noticeable in the cabin, ...
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Clutch catches VERY low, is this bad?

This is similar to the 'clutch catches very high' question but obviously the opposite. It's a Peugeot 206 X reg and I have had it since 30K miles and it has run fine and I and the previous owner ...
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BMW E46 Clutch squeal

When I release the clutch at 3:rd or 4:th gear on my -98 BMW 328i, it makes a little low pitched squeal, for maybe half a second. This is not an issue on the other gears however. What could be at ...
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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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Does clutch fluid normally run out?

I had my oil changed earlier this week, the people there told me my "clutch fluid" was low. On my first trip after the oil change (2 hour round trip) my clutch started acting weird, it wouldn't pop ...
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How to avoid damaging clutch while stopping and going uphill [closed]

I have been studying how to drive manual before I actually practice on a car and I came across a bit of advice from Car Talk: Tips for Stopping Briefly, Then Starting, on a Hill If you're ...
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How will I know clutch pads need replacing?

I have a manual shift honda civic. How would I or the motor mechanic know that the clutch pads need replacing? Would they check it during oil change? Certainly you don't open the transmission box to ...
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Clutch pedal hard to push

We have a Diesel Ford Fiesta (Mk4) - manual transmission, and its clutch pedal is very hard to push after a short drive. I.e. in the morning it's ok, but later it becomes very hard to push. I'm no ...
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Clutch Catch Point Car Shudder?

So Im still pretty new to driving stick. However even if I feather the clutch to get it rolling from a stop it always vibrates the car a little bit when I get close to the catch point. I've tried ...
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weird noise when I use the clutch

When I push my my clutch in at a stop it makes a weird whining noise, if I release the clutch it stops but when I push the throttle it starts again, my vehicle is a 2005 subaru wrx, the gears all ...
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Can a Hydraulic clutch be adjusted?

The biting point on my Mazda 2's clutch is very, very short and the car is uncomfortable to drive. Car is still under warranty, but the mechanic advised that it could not be adjusted and all Mazda 2 ...
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Adjust clutch on toyota tazz…

I took my car in for a service. Upon receiving it back I have to push the clutch in to it's absolute max before shifting gears. It wasn't like this before. If I can describe in terms of percentages it ...
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Strange sound of Clutch when it is up and when starting the car from cold

The sound stops when I press it down or hold it more up. The car is in Finland now so there is something like minus -5 celcius which causes the problem when the car is kept outside. I will record the ...
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Ford Ranger Clutch Suddenly Has No Pressure

I recently (about 3 months ago) got my clutch replaced in my '97 Ford Ranger, and when i was driving it yesterday, the clutch suddenly stopped working. I was in gear when it happened and was able to ...
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1993 Dodge Stealth Clutch Pedal Flat On The Floor

I have a 1993 Dodge Stealth that had not been driven for the past 4 years. Recently I have the need for the car and was trying to get it running. I was able to start the engine (got a new battery) ...
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Clutch pedal has become very soft and engages very late

I own a 2010 hyundai i20. The problem is the clutch pedal in my car has become very soft and it engages the gear when the clutch pedal has almost been released, previously it used to engage when it ...
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Altima Clutch and/or Transmission Problems

I have a 2005 Nissan Altima SE with a manual transmission. The clutch was completely replaced about 7k miles ago. I bought the car about 5k miles ago. At around 2-3k miles ago is when the problems ...
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hydraulic clutch fails to fully disengage

I have a 2005 Toyota Corolla Verso 2.0 D4D (UK model). The clutch does not disengage fully with clutch pedal fully pressed. This is a hydraulic clutch. When in gear and brake is released with clutch ...
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1998 Renault Clio screeching/squealing clutch

Ever since I got my Clio a few months ago it's been making a sort of squealing sound when I'm letting the clutch pedal out at a certain RPM. If I'm moving off at a lower RPM (such as for downhill ...
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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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How to save fuel on downhill slopes on a motorcycle: clutch or neutral?

I have a two wheeler i.e. bike (Honda company, four stroke) which has four gear. While driving my bike, when I come to downhill slopes, I shift the motorcycle to neutral to save the fuel. (The slopes ...
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What parts are required to replace a clutch?

I've got a 1995 Subaru Legacy Outback. I'm trying to get the best price for a clutch replacement and am putting together a list of all the necessary parts and prices. Can someone give me a list of ...
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Using DOT4+ in clutch/brakes when DOT3 is recommended?

Looking at Wikipedia's DOT 3 page, it looks like it's been effectively superseded by DOT 4 fluid, but it's still sold and is still recommended on many forums. This question has an answer saying DOT 4 ...
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Temporary repair for broken clutch pedal sensor

I have 2003 Ford Fiesta. My clutch master cylinder push rod came off of the pedal today. I put a cable tie on, it should hold it for a bit. But I also noticed a sensor for the clutch pedal that has ...
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Rubbing noise when driving with clutch engaged?

I am a complete newbie when it comes to jeeps (and cars in general). However, I am very good at fixing things... once I know what the problem is. After a summer of riding with the top down I was used ...
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Vauxhall Astra clutch/flywheel

My car needs a new clutch/flywheel. I found a kit on eBay described as : LUK clutch/dual mass flywheel kit. I'm now having the clutch fitted elsewhere, but the mechanic says that this car does not ...
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Broken Clutch Linkage Under Dash on 1987 Ford F150 4x4

On the way to work Thursday morning, the clutch pedal sanpped to the floor when I pressed it, and it stayed there. It was still in gear, and I was able to limp to a parking lot. I looked under the ...
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Should a clutch slave cylinder be honed with a crosshatch pattern like an engine cylinder?

I'm going to be rebuilding my clutch slave cylinder (new spring and piston). The fellow at the parts counter mentioned that I should use the finest possible hone when cleaning up the inside. I looked ...
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VW Polo 2008 won't go into first gear

Okay, so yesterday I stopped at a traffic light on my way home from uni. When the traffic light turned green again, and I was to pull away I could not get the gear into first no matter how much I ...