I'm planning to take my car to Mr Clutch on soon, but I wanted to see what every else's impression is of my car's problems.
Last night I was driving along the motorway, accelerating to 70mph, when all of a sudden 5th gear just slipped and a loud grinding noise ensued. I played around to see if it was repeatable, and low and behold, whenever I approached 3000 rpm the same thing would happen.
My MOT is up to date. I got my car serviced last month—timing belt was replaced, along with various fluids. I got the clutch replaced (hence why I'm going to Mr Clutch).
But since I've got the clutch replaced, I've been facing problems. When driving home from work my car was making this metal scraping sound. I thought it was the clutch because it stopped almost entirely when I put my foot down on the clutch. Taking my foot off the clutch pronounced the scraping sound.
There's also the fact that sometimes when I put the car in reverse gear, it doesn't engage properly and there's a loud grinding sound.
I talked to the guy at Mr Clutch, and he told me to bring it in so he could take a look. Over the phone he could only speculate that it was the clutch or—worse—the gearbox.
On top of all this, the gearbox has become sticky. After the episode on the motorway, the gearbox became stiff; I could get it into 5th at all.
Has anyone else experienced this? I'm not good with diagnosing cars as this is my first one. Any suggestions or even help in diagnosing this myself would be helpful.
I have a VW Polo 1.4, manual transmission.