Q: The clutch sticks and won't shift properly after the oil was changed

asked by on

Hi, I drive a 2005 mazda rx8. I recently went for an oil change. Durring the proccess one of the employees asked me to turn the car on, after turning the car on another yelled to turn it off. Apparently the oil filter was not on at the time. The car was only on for a second. Immediately after I noticed something didn't feel right with the clutch. It does not activate until half way down and now gets stuck half way up and I'm also having trouble shifting into first gear. I read somewhere this could be due to oil contamination? Any ideas? Should I go back and complain? Its been a few days since. Thank you!

It sounds as though you may be having a problem in the clutch hydraulics. If that’s the case, it normally wouldn’t have anything to do with the oil change, unless someone put the wrong fluid into the clutch master cylinder when they were topping it up. On first guess, that would seem unlikely.

The clutch master cylinder is just to the left of the brake master cylinder. It uses conventional brake fluid. Check the reservoir and see if it is full and if the fluid is clean. From where I sit, I can only speculate, but it might be that you need a clutch master and slave cylinder replacement. If you contact a professional, such as one from YourMechanic, they can send a technician to your home to determine if a clutch master cylinder replacement is necessary.

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
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. The clutch sticks and won't shift properly after the oil was changed

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: How to remove a stripped lug

In order to get lug nuts that have stripped out you will need to have the lug nut removed by using special stripped lug nut socket. The socket has special locking knobs inside that will grip onto the stripped nut...

Q: once i turn the car it was shaking and once you drive it it was not accelerating like it should i started to see smoke come out

You should check to see if you are losing coolant since the smoke may be from a blown head gasket leaking coolant into one of the cylinders causing it to misfire. If you are not getting low on coolant then...

Q: Oil changed from 10w-30 to 5w-20 and there were loud clunking sounds in the engine

No, this is not because they put the wrong weight oil in - it sounds like they forgot to put oil in at all! Or possibly they left the drain plug loose and the oil dumped out as you drove...

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...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...