Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Clutch issues 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse

asked by on

Hi, my dad does my work, he is ase certified but hasn't worked professionally in over 30 years, just works on family cars. Ok, I thought my input shaft bearing was going out because it's noisy and stops making the noise when clutch is disengaged. Had dad replace it, but turns out it wasn't bad, went ahead replaced clutch and output bearing. So, basically found nothing wrong, put car back together. Started having to depress clutch pedal pretty far to disengage clutch, but drives fine in all gears, just lot of effort to disengage clutch. Tried replacing master and slave cylinders. Still hard and progressively getting less of clutch. Now cant get into gear when running, can when cars off. Adjusted pedal, made sure the little button is getting pushed in that the pedal hits. No leaks, Im stumped. If I let it grind and get her into reverse ( which seems easier than first) it immediately dies. Thank you for your help, jennifer

My car has 163700 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

Hi there - it sounds to me like your pilot bearing is seizing. When it starts to seize, it does not allow the transmission input shaft to stop rotating while the engine continues to turn. For the driver, this would appear to be a dragging clutch, causing grinding when you try to put it in gear 9or change gears). It can happen gradually as well as a sudden seizure. Although an inexpensive bearing, unfortunately, this will require disassembly of the clutch to replace. I would recommend a clutch system inspection by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who will come to your location, diagnose this problem, give you an accurate assessment of damage and cost estimate for repairs.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: fault codes/ boost and vaccum leak

Hi there. Thanks for contacting our team. I have forwarded your inquiry to our sales and service department to see if they can calculate an estimate for having one of our mobile mechanics come to your location and complete these...

Q: There is a loud noise driver side

Hello there. Many different faults can cause a noise with your 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The most common would be the brake rotors and pads, something stuck in the rotor backing place, strut mount, wheel bearings, or a failing tire. You...

Q: The vehicle shudders and makes a whirring noise at 50 mph when letting off the accelerator. Any idea on Problem?

Hello there, there are a few potential causes for the vehicle to have a whirring noise like this. The most common would be a drive shaft joint, CV axle, warped brake rotor, or a bent wheel. I'd recommend getting some...

Related articles

How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.