Category Archive: Clutch

Engine Coolant Temp

Car Information:
Chevrolet
Year: 1991
Engine Size: 5.0 TBI
Trans: Automatic

Issue/Question: During very hot summer months, the engine coolant temperature is very high (even over heats sometimes), when the air condition is running while the engine is at idle and/or during stop and go traffic. I believe the engine has 180,000+ miles. Also, when the vehicle is at a full stop and the acellerater is fully pressed down (launched as though at a drag strip), there is a loud thud towards the rear of the vehicle (as though something has spacked the under carriage). I noticed this a week after running over a dead animal (possible deer) in the middle of the road on a pitch black highway.

Answer:
I would check for a bad flywheel/flex plate and a bad fan clutch

Issue/Question: Thank you Larry for your response. I meant to include that it my vehicle is a 1991 camaro rs with a 700R4 Transmission and the radiator fan is an electric fan that’s currently wired to turn on/off via a switch, not thermostat. Anyway, the electric fan remains running as long as it is not turned off via the driver. If my flywheel/flexplate is bad, then why does the loud “smack/thud” upon HARD ACCELERATION sound and feel as though it is at the REAR of the vehicle and not towards the front near the engine?

Answer:
Have you checked for a bent drive shaft?

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Transmission Chatter/Shutter

Car Information:
Ford F-150 2WD
Year: 2007
Engine Size: 5.4
Transmission: Automatic

Issue/Problem:
I’m driving @ 55mph and slow to @ 20mph when I accelerate the transmission chatters/shutters twice then is fine. This happens only periodically, maybe once evey one or two hunderd miles or so. What is the likely cause and solution?

Answer:
Glazed clutch’s, Ford recommended Amsoil ATF and an additive called Smart Lube it helped de glaze the clutch’s.

Hyundai Sonata stalls when slows down

Car Information:
Hyundai Sonata
Year: 2001
Engine Size: v6
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
Few months ago I replaced the battery and then replaced the front airbag sensor. Now when I slow down the engine will die. If we are driving regular speed, sometimes the radio and lights will suddenly shut off and the engine slows down and then it will start up again by itself. Also, last winter the ignition was frozen every morning that it was cold. I had to spray deicer into the ignition in order to start the car.

Answer:
Sounds like there’s more then one problem. One sounds like maybe the torque converter clutch is engaging when slowing down and stalling the engine. Also there maybe an intermittent connection in the ignition switch and could cause more then one problem.

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Cost for clutch replacement on Mini Cooper S

Car Information:
Mini Cooper S
Year: 2004
Engine Size:
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
Can you provide me a ballpark price estimate to replace the clutch?

Answer:
This car uses a dampening flywheel (spring loaded) to help reduce chatter when the clutch engages. Now the deal is whether the non replaceable springs are broken in the fly wheel and warrants replacement as well as the clutch pressure plate and throw out bearing.

Clutch, pressure plate, and throw out bearing installed and resurface flywheel, Parts and labor $1461.85

If it requires flywheel replacement as well, we have to install a conversion kit, With the clutch, pressure plate, and throw out bearing, and the conversion flywheel parts and labor $1930.50

If the clutch is making a clacking noise its almost certain it will need the flywheel conversion kit.

Let us know if we can help and if you would need a loaner vehicle while we have yours.

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Mini Cooper Clutch Replacement

Car Information:
Mini Cooper
Year: 2004
Engine Size: S Model
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
Can you provide me a ballpark price estimate to replace the clutch?

Answer:

The mini uses a dampening flywheel (spring loaded) to help reduce chatter when the clutch engages. Now the deal is weather the non replaceable springs are broken in the fly wheel and warrants replacement as well as the clutch pressure plate and throw out bearing.

Clutch, pressure plate, and throw out bearing installed and resurface flywheel, Parts and labor $1461.85.

If it requires flywheel replacement as well, we have to install a conversion kit, with the clutch, pressure plate, and throw out bearing and the conversion flywheel parts and labor $1930.50.

If the clutch is making a clacking noise it’s almost certain it will need the flywheel conversion kit.

For professional Orlando Auto Repair you can call our shop today at 407-629-2661.

 

Nissan Clutch problems

Car Information:
Nissan 240
Year: 1993
Engine Size: 4 cylinder
Trans: Manual

Issue / Question:
This is my son’s car and here is what’s going on. A few months ago, while cruising in say 4th or 5th gear and pressed accelerator, clutch would slip a little. It rapidly got worse until while sitting still you could let out clutch and car would not move or stall out. So I bought a new clutch, pressure plate and throw-out bearing. At the first start up after replacement clutch would “whine” when pedal depressed. Whine went away after a couple miles. Not sure if that contributed to the problem or just a “break in” noise. Car drove fine and clutch worked great. Three days later problem is coming back. Driving down the road in 4th gear, press the gas and clutch would slip, engine would tack up and slowly come back down as speed increased. Any suggestions? Clutch is hydraulic and no free play in pedal. (possible problem?) I am going to look to see if there is an adjustment of some sort for pedal free play today. Could the hydraulic hose be collapsing on me? Thanks so much for your time.

Answer:
There should be a lock nut on the clutch pedal rod. Loosen the nut and screw the rod into the pedal bracket until you have free play in the pedal. Then tighten the lock nut.

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