Questions tagged [clutch]

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

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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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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. However,...
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Need I press clutch pedal while starting my car in neutral?

As I know, clutch pressing and neutral gear both disengage the engine from wheels. So will it matter if I do not press the clutch if I start in neutral?
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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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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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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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Should I depress the clutch pedal when braking to a stop?

When coming to a stop, will depressing both the clutch and brake pedals cause any damage to the engine or transmission? Is there anything mechanically wrong with doing so?
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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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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: I'...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 from ...
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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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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 motorcycle?...
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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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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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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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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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What are the differences between a normal and an anti-hopping/slipper clutch?

Obviously an anti-hopping clutch won't make the motorbike hop. How is this achieved? What are the mechanical and functional differences between a normal and an anti-hopping/slipper clutch?
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Clutch “catch” point has changed, along with distance needed to engage

I was headed home the other night, accelerating up to highway speeds, when suddenly I felt the clutch pedal completely change under me. It previously started to catch at about the 1/4 way release ...
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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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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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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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How does a clutch work?

I understand how a clutch can separate the flywheel from the clutch disk so that power is disconnected from the engine. When that happens, does the input shaft (along with the countershaft) stop ...
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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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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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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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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 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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Riding motor cycle in a slow moving traffic

While riding in a slow moving traffic should I keep on switching to neutral when I stop the bike or should I keep the bike in 1st or 2nd gear holding the clutch? Does changing gears frequently cause ...
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Is it correct to downshift to brake? [closed]

I'm taking the driving license and my instructor told me that I have to downshift to slow down the car, without using brakes. He said that I have to use brakes only when needed (when I need to stop or ...
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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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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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Something Blocking Stick Going Into First Gear

I seem to be having a bit of trouble with the first gear of a 2004 Opel Corsa. I have pulled off the gear stick cover and cant see anything stuck so it must be something that is more internal. When i ...
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Cant Remove Nut on Clutch

I have a 2006 Honda crf150F. I need to get to the components of my shifter to adjust something, but I need to remove the entire clutch housing to get to it. Here is a drawing of the clutch assembly: ...
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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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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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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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2012 Mazda3 shifts gears but won't move

My car was shifting fine. All of a sudden I attempted to slow down for traffic, depressed the clutch to downshift and nothing happened. Coasted to side road. Attempted to depress the clutch and I put ...
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Wobbly clutch pedal

I purchased a second hand 2014 Vauxhall/Opel Zafira Tourer 5 days ago. Last night I noticed that the clutch pedal wobbled to the left and right; there's even more movement when the clutch is pressed ...
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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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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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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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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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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 gear),...