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Clutch Slipping Causes and Repairs

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Clutch Slipping Causes and Repairs

A slipping clutch can be one of the most annoying faults a manual vehicle can experience.

If your clutch disengages too quickly, i.e., if you push down on the clutch pedal, it doesn’t take much to disengage it; then it’s probably slipping.

Another indicator of a slipping clutch is when your RPMs (Revs Per Minute) are too high.

Often, you can diagnose clutch problems in a manual transmission by hitting the road, by seeing if your engine needs more RPMs than usual to reach a certain speed.


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What Causes a Slipping Clutch?

Slipping is perhaps the most common issue that people come across when dealing with the clutch.

It can be aggravated by driving in areas requiring you to stop and often start, such as driving in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

It can also develop because of bad gear shifting habits, such as using too much force to change gears.



How to Fix a Slipping Clutch

Replacing a clutch can be a tough job because the transmission is heavy. 

It can also be extremely dangerous and could cause bodily harm or damage to your vehicle, especially if someone is doing the work that isn’t trained in slipping clutch repair.

A quick diagnosis will allow you to find the fault before taking your car into an accredited clutch replacement and repair center – here are some quick steps to help diagnose:


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Diagnosing a Slipping Clutch

  • Put on the emergency brake.
  • Turn on the engine.
  • Press in the clutch pedal and put your vehicle into fourth gear.
  • Slowly step on the accelerator pedal while stepping on the clutch.

If you cannot completely let go of the clutch pedal without your car’s engine stalling (or without moving the car), your clutch is slipping and needs to be replaced.

When your clutch is slipping, it can cause additional problems if left unattended.

The more your clutch slips, the higher the heat gets, and the more wear and tear your vehicle will experience.

A slipping clutch could result in damage to the pressure plate and flywheel if not properly fixed.

If you do not have experience replacing clutches, it’s best to find a trained and certified professional in slipping clutch repair.


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