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Old 02-05-2014, 07:04 PM   #1
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Do I need a new clutch?

Hi, I need a little help with my car.
I drive a 2001 Ford Focus, and for some odd reason it takes a while to gain speed, it happened Sunday and I can't drive up hills. I feel like I have to rev my engine for it gain speed but once over 40mph it feels find to drive.

My friend told me it might be my clutch slipping(?) and I have it booked for Monday for someone to check it over.
Could it be my clutch?

Also, is it safe to drive?



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Old 02-05-2014, 07:27 PM   #2
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Do you have an auto or manual transmission?
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Do you have an auto or manual transmission?
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Sounds like a worn clutch, will slip more when you are using more power. Not as much power needed to maintain speed, so feeling normal over 40 would match.

If it's slipping on a hill, you'll soon be noticing slip in each lower gear getting up to speed.

If the engine will speed up without the car speeding up as well, clutch is slipping & won't keep it moving much longer.

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Old 02-05-2014, 10:46 PM   #5
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Do this... Get the car up to 35-40mph. Shift into 5th gear. Try to accelerate hard. The car should struggle to accelerate. If the engine RPM increases rapidly/easily but vehicle speed increases slowly or not at all, the clutch is at the end of it's life.
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Could also be the coil pack failing, especially if you have a CEL on. Often the first symptom is poor acceleration.
If it doesn't take off well in first gear, though, it's more likely the clutch.
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