Need a new clutch?

Old 08-05-03, 06:30 AM
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Need a new clutch?

The sign that i remember from having a standard a long time ago was that going up hills became a hard process and it was time for a new clutch.

A friend now has a problem with her 98 civic 78,000 miles.
She does NOT have a problem going up hills but if you are in any gear it is "easy" to move out of a gear without even depressing the clutch pedel.....without even touching the pedal.

Also there is this sound coming from the bottom of the car when you are in-between switching as u enter whatever gear u hear this rattling noise. looked under the car to see if there may be loose something....But it seems as though it has to do with the clutch.

From this scanerio does it seem that the clutch is going pretty soon?
Also keep in mind that recently she just had the brake pads done over....I say this cause the pads that were on it lasted like 75,000
she said she never had them done till now.....Goes to show things have lasted long on this car

Thank you for any insight
Old 08-05-03, 07:21 AM
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Do you have to come really high off the pedal to shift gears? If you do, likely a worn/out of adjustment clutch.

You can check clutch pedal freeplay and compare it to a service manual to see if the clutch is worn and out of adjustment.

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