Tag: clutches

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Toyota Celica has a difficult clutch
Aug 20, 2013

Is There A Doctor In The House?

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Jill's manual transmission Celica is a pain in the back. She wants to adjust the clutch so that it's easier to manage with her sciatica. Read Tom and Ray's car advice, plus their unsolicited and unvetted medical opinions, right here.


should i leave my foot off the clutch when i turn a corner in my car
Mar 11, 2013

God Save the Clutch

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Tesa has been driving stick for years but still harbors traumatic memories of learning to drive with her dad. She recently moved back to her home town and her dad thinks he's still obligated to remind her not to ride the clutch (which she wasn't doing anyway, thank you very much.) Is her dad right, or is he just being a pain in the tuchus? Find out what Tom and Ray think.

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can a clutch in a new car be adjusted
Aug 06, 2012

Why Can't Trudy Adjust Her Clutch?

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Trudy went in to have her clutch adjusted but her mechanic said it wasn't possible on her 2007 Toyota Matrix. Tom and Ray explain that most new clutches are "self-adjusting". Find out more about these hydraulic, self-adjusting clutches right here.  


is my kia ruining its own clutch by burning it
Apr 24, 2012

Another Clutch Bites the Dust in Mark's Kia

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Mark's Kia has burned through three clutches in eight months. Mark swears he knows how to drive. Is there something wrong with his car?

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clutch in or out to start car
Sep 01, 2010

Is a vehicle easier to start with your foot pressing the clutch?

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I am a college student who loves anything mechanical, and I work on a local farm to earn a little extra money. My boss likes to keep costs down, and that includes maintenance on tractors. That being said, none of...

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Nov 01, 2009

Is keeping your clutch pressed in such a bad idea? Find out.

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A friend of mine at work and I have a disagreement regarding using the clutch on a standard-shift car. He says that keeping the clutch pressed in will wear out the throw-out bearing, and I say it won't. For example...

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is it possible to completely ruin the clutch of a new car in the first 70 miles
May 01, 2004

New clutch after only 68 miles -- a new world record?

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Hi guys I just bought a cool new five-speed turbo VW Bug convertible I bought it last Wednesday Happy birthday to me Saturday I took my daughter out to teach her how to drive a stick After minutes of driving...

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will car mechanics eventually stop servicing manual transmissions
Sep 01, 2003

Will there still be mechanics capable of repairing clutches in the not-too-distant future?

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I recently bought a five-speed ' Toyota Camry for my son It needed a new clutch so I took it to a very reputable foreign-car garage The owner made an interesting comment Almost all the cars we work on are...

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Oct 01, 2001

Why won't this car start when the windows are closed on a hot day?

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I need your help in solving a problem that really has me stumped My Nissan Sentra has a few strange habits most of which I can live with -- but not this one When the car sits in the sun...

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Apr 01, 2001

How to test your clutch to see if it's slipping.

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I have a Toyota Runner with a five-speed transmission and miles I take good care of it and I know how to drive It still has the original clutch which works fine But I know it will eventually wear out...

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