Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: clutch shifting not working

asked by on

When I push the clutch in, the RPMs go up instead of down - my foot is not on the gas. When I stop it takes a really long time for the RPMs to come down to an idle. And I can't seem to stall the car - in first with foot off the clutch and gas and the car won't stall. When the car is idling it is very jumpy. It almost seems like there is a continuous flow of gas. How can this be fixed?

A: If the car is idling too fast it is getting...

If the car is idling too fast it is getting excess air from some source. This called a vacuum leak. Usually a visual inspection will find a hose disconnected or deteriorated. Have a close look at the vacuum hose that goes to the brake booster.

Any source of air leaking into the intake manifold will cause increased idle speed as the computer adds fuel to match the air coming into the engine. The Saturn also has a computer controlled component called and intake air control (IAC). This may be dirty or inoperative on your car, allowing the idle to be uncontrolled. A scan tool can be helpful on the diagnosis and an experienced technician, such as one from YourMechanic, will be able to locate and repair the cause of the idling issue.

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: After replacements, including starter, flexplate had been installed backwards

Hello. Any major transmission work that is performed by an automotive service facility is almost always under warranty at least for a short period of time. If the repair was done incorrectly, you should just need your receipt from the...

Q: Transmission slipping

Sounds like you are having two issues. The differential making noise is usually due to the gears wearing irregularly. This can be caused by low fluid levels or worn bearings in the unit itself. A check of the wear pattern...

Q: Is it my battery

If the car has overheated before replacing the thermostat, you could potentially have a blown head gasket. I would start by checking compression to be sure this is not the case. You can rent these at the local auto parts...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.