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

asked by on

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.

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.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 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!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. My car will move if it's at 8000 rpm but I only get up to 15 mph

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: Eps signal glows in dashboard.

Hi there. In many instance when the EPS indicator light illuminates on your dashboard, it's an indication of a failure in the electronic power steering system; either the motor, sensor or electrical harness. Since you're experiencing inconsistent operation of the...

Q: Body throttle wont accelerate when pedal is pressed, car starts at very low idle

It is possible that the idle speed is out of adjustment. Many vehicles from the 1980s have adjustable idle speeds to improve power or fuel economy. I would recommend having the idle speed adjusted to the factory specifications by a...

Q: black oil short time

The blue smoke coming out of the exhaust indicates that the engine is burning oil. That little Tercel motor has a lot of wear and tear on it. And the reason the oil gets dark faster than it used to...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
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...