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General Inspection – Slipping clutch assembly

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THE EFFECT
While driving you may notice that the engine is revving but the car is not moving any faster.  You may also notice that when you have four people in the vehicle that the vehicle seems to have no power but plenty of revs.

THINGS TO LOOK FOR
The best way to check any slipping clutch is to put it into fourth gear, bring the revs up, let the clutch out, and the car should stall.  If the car does not stall, then it’s the clutch slipping, but you must also check for clearance.  If the clutch cable does not have clearance then a simple adjustment might be all that is necessary.

COST
If it’s only an adjustment, about $10.00-$30.00.  If it’s the clutch assembly then it could cost $250.00-550.00 depending on the make and model.

 

This article is found in the Virtual mechanic CD Rom
You can download it for the price of a latte, but you will learn not to buy a lemon
By Darren Gow-Brown, Melbourne Australia ©2009

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