Car

Ask a Mechanic Online and Get Answers to Your Car Questions

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Car
This answer was rated:

v40: I was driving my car and went to down shift and placed

I was driving my car...
I was driving my car and went to down shift and placed my foot of the clutch and when I pushed it in the clutch never engaged. I had to slam on the clutch in-order for it to engage, then it was very difficult to shift, it seemed like the car didn't want to go into gear.
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Car Question
Answered in 12 hours by:
9/1/2012
Doug
Doug, ASE Certified Technician
Category: Car
Satisfied Customers: 8,635
Experience: 16 years automotive and OTR repair including specialized training from Toyota and Mitsubishi
Verified
Hi,

How many miles are on the car?
Do you know if you have the dual-mass system or if it has been replaced with a single mass?
Is there normal resistance on the clutch pedal or does it feel abnormal (if so, how)?

Thanks
Ask Your Own Car Question
Customer reply replied 5 years ago

just under 90000 miles on the car I have no idea if it is a single or dual-mass system. the pressure on the clutch varies. Sometimes it feels normal other times it feels really loose.

Thanks.

Are you able to associate any difference with the operation of the clutch in association with the feedback? For example when it feels normal is operation more normal, or is the problem pretty much all the time now regardless of the feeling from the pedal?
Ask Your Own Car Question
Customer reply replied 5 years ago

It's pretty much all the time now.

Customer reply replied 5 years ago

Well now I can't get the clutch to engage so the car won't go into gear at all. However, when the problem started I had to slam on the clutch in order for it to engage and when I would shift the car was difficult to put into gear, it felt like it didn't want to go into gear I had to put some effort into getting it in gear.

Hi,

Unfortunately it sounds like you will have either a worn down clutch disc or your flywheel is a dual mass and it or your pressure plate that is coming apart. In both instances you will have increased difficulty getting the shifter into gear until eventually you are unable to move the shifter into gear at all when the engine is running.
A dual mass issue or pressure plate issue can result in this coming and going, but honestly either is a likely suspect at this point.

As long as you are able to move the shifter into gear when the engine is off and not when it is on, and the clutch pedal does NOT feel completely non-responsive, your next step is going to be transmission removal for clutch, pressure plate and flywheel inspection. If the clutch is simply worn down as it sounds like it the case, a new clutch disc and release bearing are in order and it is strongly recommended that you replace the pressure plate and resurface the flywheel at the same time.
If the flywheel is the original dual mass, it will need to be checked for excess play as well; it should have a slight twist motion in it but not excessive, and there should be no lateral movement at all. If there is excessive twist/rotation in the unit or if there is lateral movement the flywheel needs to be replaced. It is not uncommon to swap this clutch out with a single mass unit either from a low pressure x40 or an 850.... these both require some custom work however and should not be attempted unless one is very familiar with the product as it is not a straight swap.
Doug
Doug, ASE Certified Technician
Category: Car
Satisfied Customers: 8,635
Experience: 16 years automotive and OTR repair including specialized training from Toyota and Mitsubishi
Verified
Doug and 87 other Car Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Ask Doug Your Own Question
Doug
Doug
Doug, ASE Certified Technician
Category: Car
Satisfied Customers: 8,635
8,635 Satisfied Customers
Experience: 16 years automotive and OTR repair including specialized training from Toyota and Mitsubishi

Doug is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

I would (and have) recommend your site to others I was quite satisfied with the quality of the information received, the professional with whom I interacted, and the quick response time. Thanks, and be sure that I'll be back whenever I need a question answered in a hurry.

Stephanie PElm City, NC

used your service this weekend with "Trecers" help. thank you ,thank you, thank you. replaced an A/C fan motor. Local Auto Zone had part. $15.00 "tracer" fee and $40.00 for parts, I saved several hundreds of dollers at a shop. i will recommend you and use you in the future.

David L.Richmond, TX

9 dollars, 2 hours of my time, and I drove away. Your diagnosis was right on the mark. Thank you so much.

PhilMarysville, CA

Lurch. Thank you very much. I had real doubts about this website but your promptness of response, quick followup and to the point answer with picture was incredible.

CharlesWalnut Creek, CA

As a single woman, I really appreciate an excellent and affordable opinion.
Thank you Geordie, I will not hesitate to contact justanswer in the future!

SueCharleston, WV

Another great insight to what may be the problem. I will have my mechanic take a look at it tomorrow. Thanks again, Frank...you do indeed know your stuff.

JimCastleberry, FL

The nearest Volvo dealer is 160 miles away. Best $15 bucks I have spent in a long time!

Paul MCorpus Christi, TX

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Chris (aka-Moose)

Chris (aka-Moose)

Technician

1,243 satisfied customers

16 years of experience

Ted G.

Ted G.

ASE Certified Technician

1,724 satisfied customers

20 years auto repair experience, ASE Master Tech, Mechanical Failure consultant, Expert Witness

George H.

George H.

ASE Certified Technician

1,537 satisfied customers

ASE Master Tech 15+ yrs, AAS Automotive Technology, Factory trained Asian specialist

GM Tech (Cam)

GM Tech (Cam)

Auto Service Tech

669 satisfied customers

GM Grand Master Technician 2007. 14 years experience.

Amedee

Amedee

Former ASE Master Tech

2,520 satisfied customers

ASE certified tech advanced level specialist. Wisconsin certified emissions state inspector

Jerry

Jerry

Master Mechanic

2,181 satisfied customers

ASE master, 30+ years. All makes and models. Trouble shooter, shop forman, service manager

Richard

Richard

ASE Certified Technician

1,000 satisfied customers

12 years Ford Lincoln/Mercury Jaguar dealership as a technician and shop foreman reparing all makes

< Previous | Next >

Related Car Questions
Am in need of a recommendation for a car cover for my s2000.
Am in need of a recommendation for a car cover for my s2000. I live in Seattle so water proof would be the key feature I am looking for. Any thoughts? Thanks.… read more
Kavey
Kavey
86 satisfied customers
I have a fue for the left rear turn signal on my 2010 buick
I have a blown fue for the left rear turn signal on my 2010 buick lacrosse but I cant find it … read more
Stephen, MBA
Stephen, MBA
Master's Degree
166 satisfied customers
Started smelling gas and noticed a black/tarry substance
started smelling gas and noticed a black/tarry substance near the right rear tire. substance hardens after it cools on the garage floor. … read more
Eric
Eric
Retired
N/A
14,436 satisfied customers
My engine losses power and stalls, but starts right back up,
My engine losses power and stalls, but starts right back up, no lights come on until it stalla … read more
rpmdiag
rpmdiag
High school
7,274 satisfied customers
I have a 2013 Hyundai Elantra and when the rpms hit 2000,
I have a 2013 Hyundai Elantra and when the rpms hit 2000, the mph is at 40. An I'm just wondering if that's correct or not? Because it doesn't feel the same as usual. … read more
Stephen, MBA
Stephen, MBA
Master's Degree
166 satisfied customers
2013 2500 stablink comes on daily while driving when you
2013 2500 stablink comes on daily while driving when you check for codes nothing shows … read more
rpmdiag
rpmdiag
High school
7,274 satisfied customers
My special programs arent working keeps saying its off and
my special programs arent working keeps saying its off and faulty and when i bought the car they replaces two o2 sensors that was coming up and they replaced them and it still coming up and the light … read more
Chris (aka-Moose)
Chris (aka-Moose)
Technician
Vocational, Technical or Trade School
1,243 satisfied customers
My heater. My liquids are fine yes It blows heat or cold
My liquids are fine yes It blows heat or cold whichever I select but at a very minimum even when I put it a full blast … read more
Kevin
Kevin
workshop foreman /master tech/mot tester
0 satisfied customers
Screen failure of the Nav unit. 2008. Only tried the dealer,
only tried the dealer, and got quoted the price of the whole replacement unit (wtf) … read more
Kevin
Kevin
workshop foreman /master tech/mot tester
0 satisfied customers
My wipers when turned off park in the middle of the
My wipers when turned off park in the middle of the windshield … read more
Jaybird61
Jaybird61
Master Automotive Mechanic
2,230 satisfied customers
My vx401 clarion touchscreen does not work. I can see it but
my vx401 clarion touchscreen does not work. I can see it but touching does nothing. Only on/off and vollume button works. Tried reseting and unpluging from power and no success. Any special trick to m… read more
Stephen, MBA
Stephen, MBA
Master's Degree
166 satisfied customers
1994 plymouth acclaim auto no reverse when cold, works fine
1994 plymouth acclaim auto no reverse when cold, works fine after warmed up. any idea ?? … read more
kwiggins29059
kwiggins29059
Associate Degree
219 satisfied customers
I have read the book about changing high and low headlamps
I have read the book about changing high and low headlamps but fail to see how to get at the parking lamp. … read more
Stephen, MBA
Stephen, MBA
Master's Degree
166 satisfied customers
I have a 1993 Lincoln Town Car with a cracked air filter
I have a 1993 Lincoln Town Car with a cracked air filter housing or air intake tube. They are no longer manufactulred. Could you help me find a used part so that I may continue to drive my car? … read more
kalamykid
kalamykid
Pactor automotive
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
97 satisfied customers
03 sl500 cool weather or cold weather put key in must play
03 sl500 cool weather or cold weather put key in must play with it long time before it will start. When it starts flashes flash brake lights flash this goes on for about half hour. Then I can drive ca… read more
Stephen, MBA
Stephen, MBA
Master's Degree
166 satisfied customers
Last night on my my drive home from work traction control
last night on my my drive home from work traction control light came on and check engine light and reduced engine power. parked it and today it wont start at all … read more
Stephen, MBA
Stephen, MBA
Master's Degree
166 satisfied customers
I want to remove 2nd row seats out of the car on my 2006
Hello, I want to remove 2nd row seats out of the car on my 2006 volvo xc90. Can I do it myself without problems with srs warning? … read more
vwtech0405
vwtech0405
VW Technician
Associate Degree
8,868 satisfied customers
We just replaced the lifters in my GS350 2008 as they were
Hi we just replaced the lifters in my GS350 2008 as they were very loud but only one side seems to have been resolved … read more
Chad Farhat
Chad Farhat
Owner
Associate Degree
4,433 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x