Q: My car will move if it's at 8000 rpm but I only get up to 15 mph

asked by on November 10, 2016

I have a 1984 toyota tercel sr5 wagon with the 4wd option but recently it lost power to the front tires I have a new clutch ready to put in but I need to know if it is the clutch that is the problem. At around 8000rpm it starts to rock when it's in reverse once I get it on a flat surface and I put it in first gear it revs up to 8000 rpm again and slowly starts to move it does this up until fifth gear once it's in fifth it starts to hold at 8000 rpm but slows to a complete stop then I have to put it back in first gear and start pushing it to start moving so that I can get back to my driveway is this my clutch being bad or is it something else like the front cv shafts?

My car has 98000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

Loss of power Inspection $79.99 - $99.99 Get a Quote

Hello, thanks for writing in. This sounds like your clutch disc is worn out and not connecting the engine and transmission together when you let out on the clutch. You should not rev your engine to 8000 rpm or you my cause engine damage. To avoid any unnecessary repairs, consider having a certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, diagnose your loss of power firsthand. You may have to replace the clutch, pressure plate, and release bearing along with the input shaft pilot bearing.

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

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


Experienced Mechanic?

Earn up to $70/hr

What others are asking

Car shaking, rumbling sound, traction controls going on and off, loss of power momentarily

Hello, What you are describing sounds like your traction control system engaging. Depending on the conditions in which you are driving in, this may or may not be normal. As you know, the traction control system is designed to help...

2007 Infiniti fx35 cranking but not starting. Do you know what the problem might be?

Hi there. The fuel pump is not energizing and causing the engine to not start. Check the fuel pump relay and listen for it to click. Also listen for the fuel pump to hum when the key is turned on....

Knock sensor 2000 Chevrolet Lumina

Hi - first task is to recheck what codes are still present that represent a "knock sensor failure". There may be an additional problem that has changed engine timing (worn timing chain for example) that is causing an engine knock...

My car has an electrical failure due to rain leaking inside, what do I need to repair?

This could end up being a costly repair unless the pigtail replacements for the wiring harness are available. First, the water intrusion has to be repaired. The water has to have been leaking inside the vehicle for some time or...

I got a 97 Chevy Cavalier can I put a 2001 motor and transmission into it

Hi there, thanks for writing in. If you replace your 1997 motor with a 2001 one, you will find that the wire harnesses and sensors have changed along with the transmission. The engine intake and fuel injection is different and...

I am looking to buy this car. Is 173,000 miles alot for a 2005

In order to make an informed decision on the shape of the vehicle before you purchase it you should have a pre-purchase inspections done. A pre-purchase inspection from a mobile mechanic like one from YourMechanic can help you make an...

hi how long should my brake calipers last?? based on other mercs etc

Brake calipers, associated torque plates and sliding pins should all be thoroughly cleaned and rebuilt every time you have to change the brake pads. These parts are subject to corrosion, brake grit, dust and dirt, and extremely high heat. If...

Won't start

You need to look on the dash to see if your theft light is active. The system will let you crank it a few times until it locks out the crank signal. You may need to try another key if...

Problem with intake manifold

Hi. This trouble code occurs in sync with a ticking noise within the circuit. If the manifold has lose bolts or was not put together correctly after maintenance this can be the result of the code. I would recommend having...

Related articles

How Much Power Does the AC Draw From the Engine?
Most cars these days come with air conditioning as a standard feature – gone are the days...
How Long Should an Engine Last?
A car engine can last hundreds of thousands of miles. Get your oil changed often and don't ignore car warning lights to make your engine last longer.
2012 Chevrolet Impala vs. 2012 Toyota Camry: Which One Should I Buy?
In the battle for the family vehicle, the 4-door sedan is a strong contender that just continues to be a viable option even with the rise of the crossover SUV and the popularity of passenger vans. These sedans offer a...