Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Clutch Cable

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Cost of Replacing a Bad or Failing Clutch Cable

If your manual car's transmission is slipping out of gear or clutch pedal is hard or sinking to the floor, you may have to replace the clutch cable. Our certified technicians can come to you and diagnose the problem. You will receive a $30 credit towards any follow-up repairs that result from the diagnostic. Following are example prices for Clutch Cable Replacement. Click on the button below to get an upfront quote for your car.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2003 Mazda MPV $79 $9.48 $70.00 32% $116.98
2009 Kia Rio $99 $28.78 $70.00 27% $136.28
2003 Kia Optima $99 $28.78 $70.00 27% $136.28
2004 Ford Mustang $189 $118.78 $70.00 16% $226.28
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How to Diagnose a Bad or Failing Clutch Cable?

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A clutch cable is the steel braided cable found on manual transmission vehicles that connects the transmission clutch linkage to the clutch pedal mechanism. When the pedal is depressed, the clutch cable pulls on the clutch linkage to disengage the clutch so that the transmission can be safely shifted. When the clutch cable begins to have problems, it can cause issues with shifting the vehicle, which will take away from its overall drivability. Usually a problematic clutch cable will display a few symptoms that can alert the driver that a problem has occurred and needs to be serviced.

1. Transmission slips out of gear

A bad clutch cable can sometimes cause a transmission to slip and pop out of gear. This will usually occur when it is accelerating and is under heavy load. This will obviously take away from the drivability of the vehicle, as it will have to be constantly put back into gear each time it pops out.

2. Hard clutch pedal

Another symptom of a problem with the clutch cable is a hard clutch pedal. A jammed or stuck cable will not be able to move when the pedal is depressed and will result in a pedal that resists depression when stepped on. Continuing to try and step on a pedal that has resistance may cause the cable to break, which will result in an inoperable clutch pedal.

3. Clutch pedal sinks to the floor

Another symptom, and a more serious issue, is a clutch pedal that sinks to the floor. If for any reason the clutch cable snaps or breaks, the clutch pedal will become disconnected from the clutch linkage, and as a result will have little to no resistance when the pedal is depressed. This will obviously result in a vehicle that cannot shift into gear and will be undrivable.

The clutch cable is a simple component in operation and design, however, when it fails it can cause problems that may render the vehicle undrivable. For this reason, if you suspect that your clutch cable may be having an issue, have the vehicle inspected by a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic to determine if your vehicle needs a clutch cable replacement.

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Robert

17 years of experience
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Robert
17 years of experience
Robert was prompt and very quickly assessed the problem with my clutch cable that had snapped, and he noticed a serpentine belt crack that could have given me problems quite soon. Further research on the serpentine belt in conjunction with knowing how my car drives has convinced me that this man is definitely a qualified and reliable mechanic. I totally recommend him, just don't keep him so busy that I can't book him as needed. By the way, the clutch cable was well replaced and I'm very please with how my car shifts gears now.
1995 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF - CLUTCH CABLE - DENVER, COLORADO

Richard

10 years of experience
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Richard
10 years of experience
Richard is very nice and knows what he is doing! He proved too me that I have a GREAT car even for it's miles! Thanx Richard
1998 CHEVROLET METRO - CLUTCH CABLE - NORTH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA

Peter

33 years of experience
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Peter
33 years of experience
Peter showed up on time and did an awesome job. I'd highly recommend him to anyone.
1997 NISSAN SENTRA - CLUTCH CABLE - TEMPE, ARIZONA

Gary

32 years of experience
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Gary
32 years of experience
Great job. Right on time and the repair was flawless. Thanks!
2003 FORD MUSTANG - CLUTCH CABLE - ROSWELL, GEORGIA

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