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Old 02-17-2017, 11:01 AM   #1
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clutch or not

So my 2001 2.0l zetec zx3 was going down the road and just stopped the rpm gauge was moving but speed was dropping as soon as my car hit 0 it died and every time I tried to start it after that nothing happened would not turn over or make even a sound. By the way the rpm guage would drop and rise during acceleration I thought clutch was sliping so my first thought was transmission is out so I had the car towed now it sets at my brother (us to work for Firestone) and he replaced a pedal sensor and got it to start but not move so now my car tuns on and runs but no moving so he said buy a clutch by I'm not sher if I need a clutch car has only around 157*** miles and now my car just sits in his garage till I figure it out and I miss my car and hate not driving her so please anyone help me get my girl on the road again


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Old 02-17-2017, 01:42 PM   #2
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Need more info. Did you actually hear the engine going faster and slower when the rpm gauge moved up and down when accelerating?
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Old 02-17-2017, 07:09 PM   #4
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It would act like it was sloping as I would acelarate and the motor tone did not change until the day it just stopped
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^^^ Can anyone else translate that?
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Old 02-17-2017, 09:59 PM   #6
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Don't understand what you mean by sloping, or any of that post. Visually inspect your axles, never heard of anything going bad with an axle besides chatter or restriction, but make sure the splins on the end haven't all wore off or something crazy.

If you don't find anything there, it's either clutch or internal transmission, so why not go ahead and pull out the tranny. Once you do give the clutch a good look over, 157K is not an uncommon time for a clutch to need replacing.
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Old 02-18-2017, 03:25 AM   #7
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Sorry guys I ment slipping " damn phone auto correct "
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I asked the question about motor tone, because if the clutch was slipping the sound of the motor would increase along with the rpms going up. If the motor sounded the same, then there is an electrical issue that is causing the tach to vary randomly. You could have a bad alt pigtail and a dead battery, or a dead alternator (and dead battery)... or you could have bad clutch, or both.
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Old 02-18-2017, 12:44 PM   #9
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OK thank my brother just informed me the car can just go into any gear and start without even having clutch pedal down
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All that means is that he ended up bypassing the clutch safety switch instead of the replacement you said in the first post that he did.

OR that the 'replacement' is bad with permanent continuity in any position.

Still leaves you with questions on the clutch, you've given VERY little detail on how that works or doesn't at this point.
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