Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Flexible Clutch Hose

flexible clutch hose

The flexible clutch hose is a component that is found on vehicles equipped with hydraulic clutch systems. The flexible clutch hose is responsible for transporting the pressure and hydraulic fluid that is displaced when the clutch pedal is depressed. Unlike hardlines, which are also used to transport hydraulic fluid, the clutch hose is flexible, and can move in various directions. When the clutch pedal is stepped on, the master cylinder pushes fluid through the clutch hose, down to the slave cylinder to disengage the clutch. Most clutch hoses are built with heavy duty rubber and metal layers to withstand the pressures of normal operation. However, over time, they can eventually wear out and cause problems. Usually a bad or failing flexible clutch hose will produce a few symptoms that can alert the driver of a potential problem.

1. Difficulty shifting

One of the first symptoms of a possible problem with the flexible clutch hose is difficulty shifting. If the clutch hose leaks or is otherwise compromised, it may not be able to properly transport the fluid and will cause difficulty shifting. A leaky or collapsed clutch hose can cause difficulty shifting. It may also cause the transmission to grind notably when changing gears.

2. Low clutch fluid or leaks

Another symptom of a bad or failing clutch hose is low clutch fluid. Clutch hoses are often made of rubber, which can dry and wear out over time and develop leaks. A leaky clutch hose will not only leak fluid, which will need to be replenished, it will also compromise the operation of the clutch system, as the system requires pressure to operate.

3. No resistance at the clutch pedal

Another symptom, one of a more serious issue, is a clutch pedal that has very little or no resistance. If the clutch hose develops a large enough leak, or leaks out enough fluid, it will cause the clutch pedal to go soft due to a lack of fluid and pressure in the system. A clutch pedal with no pressure will not be able to disengage the clutch, which will render the vehicle undrivable.

For vehicles equipped with hydraulic clutch systems, the flexible clutch is is a very important component to the proper operation of the system. If you suspect that your clutch hose may be having an issue, have the vehicle inspected by a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic, to determine if the car will need a flexible clutch hose replacement.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

Post a question and get free advice from our certified mechanics.

ASK A QUESTION

More related articles

P2159 OBD-II Trouble Code: Vehicle Speed Sensor B Range/Performance
Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC): P2159 P2159 code definition Vehicle Speed Sensor B Range/Performance Related Trouble Codes: P2158: Vehicle Speed Sensor B P2160: Vehicle Speed Sensor B Circuit Low P2161:...
Auto Safety Tips
Driving is more than a way to get from point A to point B. Owning and driving a car can also be a highly enjoyable experience. Whether a person is driving...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...


Related questions

Q: I have a 1998 Chevy K1500 with a 305. Worn TCC

Hi and thank you for submitting a question. Your 1998 Chevy K1500 truck with a 305 has a 4L60E transmission. With what you have described, it sounds like the torque converter clutch (TCC) regulator valve has failed. Usually when this...

Q: What Are Hose Clamps?

Hose clamps are used to firmly attach an engine hose to a connection point. The most common type of hose clamps are flat, metal bands that use a worm screw inside of a buckle. The loose end of the band...

Q: Transmission leaking

With the fill plug chewed up, you will not be able to check the fluid quality or level in your gearbox. You will need to have a technician equipped with an extractor to remove the plug, check fluid level and...