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Old 05-14-2015, 07:12 AM   #1
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Car dying when clutch is disengaged

So this happened to me twice, the first time was about two weeks ago. I was pulling up to a red light and when I push in the clutch, the car dies and I'll have to restart it. The second time was this morning, it did the same thing again and it doesn't do it all the time.

Could this be a vacuum line, or something else?


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Old 05-14-2015, 07:24 AM   #2
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Yes, vacuum leak (think PCV first) can be a cause along with anything else affecting idle.

Let me straighten out terms to get the best answers, clutch is disengaged when you press the pedal (disengages engine from transmission).


You want to check for a good, smooth idle at the correct speed. Engine condition, "tune up" maint. items like plugs/wires/filters, and the IAC if the idle speed isn't consistent plus changing for circumstances as required (like cold start high idle).
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Ok, that's what I thought. The car has had a rough idle for a little while, but was waiting until I did a tune up which I did about three weeks ago. I'll have to check it out sometime soon.

Btw, the plug gap with the OEM coil isn't suppose to be .080, .065, .068, and .071 are they? ;)
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Bleep no, that won't work!
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I hadn't changed the plugs since I got the car about 4 years ago, so I've been run with that gap for a little while...
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