How to know when clutch is going bad '95 civic ex

Discussion in 'Civic' started by Big AL, Nov 15, 2003.

  1. Big AL

    Big AL Guest

    Recently I've noticed that my shifts haven't been as smooth. Is this an
    indication of a failing clutch. If so, what could I expect to pay for a new
    one? Thanks.
    Big AL, Nov 15, 2003
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    Big Al,

    What's the mileage, and did you have the clutch fluid flushed the last
    time you had the brake fluid flushed? How long has it been since you
    checked / changed the tranny oil?

    'Curly Q. Links', Nov 15, 2003
  3. Big AL

    Big AL Guest

    I bought the car used about a year and half ago from the dealer. Has
    100,300 miles and I checked the transmission fluid level about two months
    ago and it was ok. Don't know if and when its been flushed.
    Big AL, Nov 17, 2003
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    Sorry, Al,

    I didn't explain. Your clutch is activated hydraulically, just like your
    brakes. If there's any air in your clutch hydraulics (the simplest
    system in the world) the clutch won't activate properly, and may drag
    rather than releasing all the way. That's why your service records would
    tell you whether you had your clutch hydraulics flushed at the same time
    your brakes were flushed.

    If the car's a '95, the brakes are way overdue for a fluid change
    anyway, and you might find your clutch problems are actually
    non-existant. Have you checked the level (and color) of the brake fluid
    in your clutch master cylinder? It should look like water if it's fresh,
    iced tea if it's old, or worse. :=(

    'Curly Q. Links', Nov 17, 2003
  5. Big AL

    z Guest

    Usually, signs of clutch going are it slips, particularly in higher
    gears. Crunchy shifts could be a sign of trans synchro wear; the 1-2
    shift on the Civic is prone to such, especially if the owner tries to
    hurry the shift. At 100K miles, either or both could be happening.
    Clutch job costs about $500, labor and parts. Used trans from junkyard
    costs about another $350-$500 over and above, since it's basically the
    same job, and at 100K you ought to change the clutch if you get it
    apart anyway, even if it's not troubling you yet.
    z, Nov 17, 2003
  6. Big AL

    Me Guest

    I think I was quoted $600 for my 94 Civic DX, but I'm at 160,000 miles
    with my original clutch, and it seems like it's still going strong. I
    did just have the clutch master cylinder replaced in August though.

    Me, Nov 17, 2003
  7. Big AL

    Big AL Guest

    Thanks for all the info.

    Big AL, Nov 19, 2003
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