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How to Troubleshoot a Clutch Pedal Sticking to the Floor
Clutch pedals in manual cars stay on the floor if there's a failed clutch release bearing, slave cylinder, clutch master cylinder, or clutch linkage.
How to Troubleshoot a Clutch That Won't Fully Disengage
A slipping clutch is a clutch that's not fully disengaging, which could be caused by a broken clutch cable, a hydraulic leak, or incompatible parts.
How to Troubleshoot a Car With Clutch Noise
Clutch systems create noise if there is a damaged clutch master cylinder, clutch pedal, pressure plate, clutch disc, flywheel, or pilot bearing.
How Long Does a Fan Clutch Last?
One of the most important parts within the cooling system of your vehicle is the fan clutch. It’s not a part that comes up often, as it’s usually pretty consistent. However, if...
How Long Does a Flexible Clutch Hose Last?
Within your vehicle's hydraulic clutch system is a flexible clutch hose. The purpose of this hose is to send fluid to your clutch, and it also works with your clutch salve...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Flexible Clutch Hose
Common signs include difficulty shifting, low clutch fluid, and feeling no resistance at the clutch pedal.
How to Add Clutch Fluid
It’s important to check the clutch fluid level often to make sure it is full to ensure optimum performance and to safeguard your transmission from malfunctioning or serious damages that can lead to...
How to Troubleshoot a Slipping Clutch
There are numerous advantages to operating a vehicle with a manual transmission; many drivers claim it gives them more control over the vehicle. Mastering the clutch takes time and practice,...
How to Drive Your Manual Transmission Car With a Broken Clutch
If you drive a car with a manual transmission, there will likely come a point in time when the clutch wears out or your clutch pedal breaks. Typically,...
How to Test Your Clutch
While manual transmissions are no longer as popular with automotive manufacturers as they once were, there are still many vehicles on the road today that are equipped with manual...
How to Adjust a Clutch
The clutch is a critical component in the operation of manual transmission vehicles. The clutch allows the transmission to disengage from the engine, allowing the operator to...
What Do the Press Clutch or Press Brake Pedal Warning Lights Mean?
The press clutch and press brake pedal lights remind you to press on the brake or clutch before starting the engine or while in park mode.
How to Replace a Clutch Cable
Clutch cables can wear out from age and clutch overuse. The location and build of your clutch cable will depend on the make and model of the car.
How to Replace a Clutch Cable Adjuster
The clutch cable adjuster wears out as the clutch cable does. A common sign of a damaged cable adjuster is a grinding sound when moving the shifter.
How to Double-Clutch Downshift a Manual Transmission Car
Learning how to double-clutch downshift on your cars manual transmission can optimize your acceleration, deceleration, and help maintain components.
How to Drive a Manual Transmission Car Without Using the Clutch
Manual transmissions have a clutch that allows you to change gears when needed. There may come a time when your clutch fails while you're on the road.
How to Replace a Clutch Master Cylinder
The clutch master cylinder supplies fluid and pressure for the clutch system to operate. Common signs of failure include leaks or loss of pressure.
How to Replace a Clutch Switch
A clutch switch failure means that your vehicle will not be able to start. The contacts within the switch or the wiring may be corroded.
How to Replace a Clutch Slave Cylinder
Clutch slave cylinders need to be replaced if brake fluid leaks. If gears grind or the clutch won’t, the clutch pedal may be at fault.
How to Replace a Fan Clutch
A fan clutch controls the car engine cooling fan and operates on temperature. It's mounted to the water pump and can cause overheating if it's broken.

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I downshifted into 3rd gear while releasing the clutch and then my clutch went completely loose and my vehicle started leaking 2005 Ford Mustang
Hello - I believe you have lost your clutch hydraulics; specifically the clutch slave cylinder. Losing clutch function, and clear fluid leaking in the area of the bellhousing (brake/clutch fluid) would confirm this. I recommend a clutch master and slave...
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My clutch has full pressure but won't go into gear the gear arms are making noise to
You need to do a visual inspection of the clutch arm while the pedal is pressed. Be sure the car is secure while you are doing this. If the clutch arm is moving through it's full travel, then your problem...
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how would you summarize "how does a cable work?"
Hi...if you would please review YourMechanic's introduction to clutch cables you will find the desired explanation. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you.
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I was driving had my car on gear and lost acceleration. I pushed the clutch in and put on gear but only grind but won't move?
If the clutch lever, on the transmission, is functioning something has mechanically failed in the clutch and/or the transmission. If the clutch failed, and you heard gears grinding, as you tried to shift the transmission, some damage may have been...
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What is the name of the clip that holds the slave cylinder line into the slave cylinder 1994 Ford Explorer
Hi there. The clip comes as part of the slave cylinder. The clip is called a quick release line clip. This is a plastic retainer that puts pressure on the line to hold it in place. Typically you cannot purchase...
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When trying to reverse my clutch makes a grinding noise and stalls out. Also when driving down the highway theres a rattling sound
The rattling noise under the vehicle could be a loose heat shield that could be moving around when the wind is moving fast under the vehicle. For the grinding issue when going in reverse, the reverse gear could have broken...
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I have just put my car in to Mitsubishi to have the hydraulic cylinder and slave changed I had a phone call from them today saying 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer
Hello - yes, unfortunately your Lancer utilizes a concentric clutch slave cylinder, which is inside the clutch bellhousing, and requires removal of the transmission to access. So your shop was being straight up with you on that one. (The slave...
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My clutch won't come up even when I replaced the clutch master cylinder. What do I do next?
Check the slave cylinder on the transmission bell housing and see if the piston is staying out. If the piston is staying out, then check for a return spring on the slave cylinder. If the spring is missing or broken,...
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Truck has a problem idling. 1996 dodge ram 1500.
There could be an issue with the clutch pressure plate springs. One or more of the springs may be damaged causing the pressure plate to apply at an angle making the clutch assembly lock up with the transmission input shaft...
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I have a 2008 Toyota Matrix manual transmission that won't move in gear.
Hi there. Your clutch appears to have failed. This is what occurs when the clutch plate goes bad and no longer engages. You will need to have a transmission specialist take a look at this and replace it if needed....
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When releasing my clutch in first gear, it stutters and vibrates the car.
It's probably clutch related, for example due to worn out friction material and/or a pressure plate defect BUT it's also possible that the motor mounts could be implicated and the engine as well if the engine is bogging down (due...
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Honda civic clutch wont disengage
When you first push on the clutch until you first feel and backpressure should be no more than 1/2 inch. If you have the correct amount of free travel and have bled out all the air from the system then...
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I've got a ford focus 1.6 engine. Whenever the engine gets a little warm and as the clutch is pressed down to change gears, the rpm's increase.
Hi there. There could be a few different issues that could be contributing to your current condition. There could be a vacuum leak causing the engine to rev up when there is no load applied to the engine. The Idle...
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P1743 engine wants to stall when put in gear 2003 Ford Windstar
Hello - your car is stalling because the torque converter clutch is locked up and not releasing. It is acting just as a manual clutch would act if you kept your foot on the brake, and let the clutch out...
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Car starts to overheat when the A/C is turned on, but it is fine when it is turned off.
The issue is either the compressor clutch is failing or the compressor is low on oil and is seizing up on the air conditioning system. I recommend seeking out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you...
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where is my slave cylindar
Hello, thank you for writing in. The clutch slave cylinder, or clutch master cylinder depending on the design, is connected to the clutch pedal. Trace the pedal beyond the firewall (guard between the driver and the engine), and into the...
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Vehicle won't go into gear when running, when turned off, vehicle will go into gear but won't start. 1998 Ford Explorer
Hello - your clutch hydraulics are the problem here. Check the clutch hydraulics fluid level - and it may share the same reservoir as the brake master cylinder (both use brake fluid as the hydraulic medium). If fluid needs to...
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How can I tell if the problem I have is with the master or slave clutch cylinder? 2008 VW Eos
Hello, thank you for writing in. Your question cannot be technically answered at this point in time. With your symptoms, it could be either the slave or the master cylinder. The clutch master cylinder is more commonly a problem, but...
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I believe it's my slave cylinder that needs replacing. When would you be available to diagnose and fix for sure?
Hi there. To see if the slave cylinder needs replaced, check the cylinder to see if there is any leaking fluid or if the piston is over extended or stuck. If so, then the slave cylinder would need replaced. If...
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New clutch assembly now clutch pedal goes down all the way but won't fully disengage, can't change gears.
Hi there. Either the shop did not properly hook up the clutch pedal or they did not adjust it. Take a look at the clutch cable or rod, which ever your vehicle has. Then adjust the clutch pedal where there...

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