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Q: Engine sputtering and manual gear-shifter is getting stiff.

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My engine has stated sputtering in all manual gears. The gear-shifter is getting stiff. Does this mean the clutch is going out?

My car has 180000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

Hi there. It’s possible that the shifting issue could be related to the clutch, but that seems more like a gear linkage issue. The engine vibration is most likely not related; and could be caused by a damaged vacuum line or ignition system component that is damaged or simply dirty. I think it’s best to have a professional mechanic complete an engine is vibrating or shaking inspection.

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