Q: Loss of power when passing a vehicle and going up hill.

asked by on January 01, 2017

Noticed that the car was struggling to overtake and build up speed after I slowed down behind the car. Also when going uphill I keep having to change down to get up the hill
My car has a manual transmission.

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Hi there. Sounds like the clutch is slipping. As the vehicle is demanding more throttle and forcing the vehicle to drive faster or push the load of the car up a steep hill, the clutch could be slipping making the vehicle seem to have a loss of power, but it really is loosing grip between the engine and transmission. I recommend seeking out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you diagnose your clutch.

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