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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Manual Transmission Whirs when coasting down, clutch disengaged, shifter in gear

I have a 2004 Nissan Xterra. When I am at speed, usually in 3rd or so, and I am coming to a stop, I disengage the clutch, brake, and coast to a stop, with the shifter still in gear. As I do this, ...
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01 gti not going into reverse 1st 3rd or 5th after I changed the clutch

So I changed my clutch a few days ago and now it will not engage reverse 1st 3rd or 5th gear but will engage 2nd and 4th no problem with the car on and off. I readjusted the cables but still nothing ...
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2002 Peugeot 206 Clutch won't disengage

When the car is running, I am no longer able to put it into any gear; like it would happen when you're not holding the clutch, so that is one of the reasons why I think there is something wrong with ...
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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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1st gear hard to engage unless stopped, Subaru 2004 Impreza Outback Sport

Since I've bought my 2004 Impreza Outback Sport, I've had a problem with shifting into 1st gear. First gear is generally difficult to engage while moving. You can just force it, but it's really ...
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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 ...
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Manual transmission difficult to put into gear. Do I need a new clutch?

I have a 1998 Jeep Cherokee Sport, manual transmission (the 6 cylinder model, I believe 4.0L). It has 4 wheel drive. I've lent the car to some friends recently who were 'rusty' with their manual ...
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Clutch catch point getting lower over time

The car is a 1991 Mazda Miata with 180,000 Km. These cars have hydraulic clutches. After engaging and disengaging the clutch repeatedly, the catch point becomes progressively lower until the car ...
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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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To repair or not repair?

I drive a 2005 Honda Civic DX, 166k miles. My clutch was having problems over the past few weeks, it would shudder the entire car when i would let it out from 1st and 2nd gear. It has since stopped ...
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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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What is this part and how do I remove it?

I am trying to replace my motorbike clutch friction plates, but cannot remove the basket around the plates ( I think that's what people mean when the say 'basket' - the cover over the plates that ...
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Clutch pedal suddenly doesn't go deep enough to engage gears

I was driving normally (no problems, everything going smoothly; never had felt any problems with the clutch, was catching on well etc.) and all of a sudden, with no warning sign or anything (no shock, ...
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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 will happen in result of the failure of a clutch release bearing?

I drive a 88 Mazda RX-7 non-turbo 5spd. The previous owner claims the clutch was done last July(little under a year ago) and I have no reason to doubt such claims. I do believe the clutch release ...
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My mechanic asks me to press the clutch padal while starting engine during winter

Does he mean to say that my engine doesn't disengage completely when the clutch is released, if that's the case then my clutch would wear out. Am I correct in thinking so?
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Difference between “dumping the clutch” and N->D in an auto?

What's the difference between dumping the clutch, and going from N->D at high RPMs with an automatic transmission? Will this cause any damage to the vehicle?
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Trying to start a Honda CBR250RR after winter (Also feeling a lot of friction when in neutral)

I have 1991 Honda CBR250RR that has been left sitting for the past few months. Unfortunately I didn't take the proper steps for winter storage before I stopped using it. Tried starting it up a few ...
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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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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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Will a worn clutch ever completely fail to engage? If not, what will cause this?

I've noticed my clutch beginning to slip for maybe a month or two; it was slower to engage, but not badly enough to affect driving. Over the last week or so, it was getting significantly worse every ...
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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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Jeep JK Clutch vs Slave Cylinder

I have two different opinions on whether a clutch should be replaced when a slave cylinder fails: It WILL coat the clutch plate and will wear the clutch plate. The clutch plate MUST be replaced. ...
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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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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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golf mk1 1990 clutch problem

I was driving my golf and the clutch pedal was creaking a bit but working ok, suddenly i pushed the pedal down it clicked and went to the floor i got recovered and the mechanic showed me the cable ...
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1995 Geo Tracker - Shifting Issues

I just put in transmission fluid and replaced the clutch cable. I've re-adjusted it (not that I have much if a clue on what I'm doing). It did good for a few days then I had a problem with 2nd gear ...
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Should a clutch be immersed in oil prior to installation?

I heard somewhere that I should soak new friction plates in oil for at least two hours prior to installation. Is this true? And if so, then why? P.S. I'm talking about a motorcycle's wet clutch.
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Is vibration for a new clutch job normal?

I have a 2005 Toyota Camry (Manual Transmission). My clutch died on me last week - couldn't accelerate. I had the clutch replaced at a local mechanic. Now when I start the car off in first gear the ...
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Foot slipped off clutch while downshifting. Damage?

I have an '08 Honda Fit with a 5-speed manual transmission. I hit a steep hill earlier today and decided to downshift from 3rd to 2nd, so I didn't ride the brake for several miles. Before my RPMs ...
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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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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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After long journeys, gear slips in 5th, but not into neutral

This is a follow up to another question I asked. I've managed to get some video of it happening this time. It started happening after travelling for about 2 hours. I was experiencing heavy traffic. ...