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Old 12-02-2004, 06:57 PM   #1
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Default question about a very bad clutch

Ok say your clutch was shot, i mean really bad almost about to out completely, would it make your car drive like complete ****?

The reason im wondering is because i think thats the problem with my car. It basically feels like im riding a horse when i try to accelerate. It will be fine if i accelerate slowly, but if i put the throttle down like 30% it bucks a little, and slowly shimmys its way to speed. I know the clutch is bad, but im not sure if its the cause of my problem. Does it sound like it is?
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Old 12-02-2004, 06:57 PM   #2
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Yes.

Easy up on your lead foot.
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Old 12-02-2004, 07:29 PM   #3
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that could be a lot of things, but OTs not a good place to find out about it...

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Old 12-02-2004, 08:07 PM   #4
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no... but I suggest you punish your clutch anyways...can't have a very bad clutch getting off scot free.
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Old 12-02-2004, 08:29 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by sleek
Ok say your clutch was shot, i mean really bad almost about to out completely, would it make your car drive like complete ****?

The reason im wondering is because i think thats the problem with my car. It basically feels like im riding a horse when i try to accelerate. It will be fine if i accelerate slowly, but if i put the throttle down like 30% it bucks a little, and slowly shimmys its way to speed. I know the clutch is bad, but im not sure if its the cause of my problem. Does it sound like it is?
Also, another way to check is if it does it less in lower gears, b/c a clutch will start slipping worse in 5th or 6th before it gets really bad in 1st or 2nd.

It does sound like clutch tho, spinning, then grabbing randomly would cause what you are describing.
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Old 12-02-2004, 08:44 PM   #6
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My friend had a Geo Metro with a dead clutch. Above a certain speed the engine would just rev but the car wouldn't accelerate.
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Old 12-02-2004, 08:48 PM   #7
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Yes it would cause your problems, you might be down to the rivets in the clutch disk and its digging into your flywheel, more noticable when you accel harder because they keep digging in and and slipping off, digging in and slipping off...

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Old 12-02-2004, 10:18 PM   #9
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My friend had a Geo Metro with a dead clutch. Above a certain speed the engine would just rev but the car wouldn't accelerate.
I LOVE it when that happens!

I had an old Honda Accord (1989) and it needed a new clutch BAD. It was funny to hit the gas hard...watch the revs build as the car didn't accelerate...then have the speed catch up with the revs. Fun times.

It got horribly bad eventually. I was moving back from Tucson and was trying to drive the car up onto a dolly on the back of my moving truck. The clutch was slipping so horribly that I couldn't slowly drive up the ramp...it would just rev and rev with no forward motion. So I backed up and did a running start and slamed on the brakes when I got the wheels in place.

After 200,000+ miles...abusing the car becomes necessary.
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