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Old March 17th, 2017, 09:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Post Buying a new 4G, How do i know the clutch is good?

Hi All,

I'm about to purchase a 2006 GT with 110K miles on it. It has some mods like an Injen Cold Air Intake, Aftermarket Exhaust etc, but i'm not sure how to verify that the clutch won't die on me as soon as I pull it off the lot.

I'm only being skeptical because its past 100K miles and I heard thats when clutch service is typically needed.

Does anyone have any advice on how to check the car for quality? I'm new to all this. First 4G
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You'll have to drive it to see. If it shifts smothly into all gears then it'll be fine. Try to find and service history (carfax, run the Vin number, ect.) Also see when the timing belt was last changed as it's 1000 more important than the clutch. If the belt snaps kiss the motor good bye.
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Gotcha. I also heard that if the clutch is stiff or the biting/friction point is low to the ground, its a sign of wear, can you verify if that's true? I feel like a super noob right now haha
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Gotcha. I also heard that if the clutch is stiff or the biting/friction point is low to the ground, its a sign of wear, can you verify if that's true? I feel like a super noob right now haha

Its a good car for the money, id ask the dealer to lower the price to justify the cost of the repairs such as timing belt and clutch, its what i did and i got a grand off the total as i paid in full cause he didnt know when the timing belt was last changed
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Gotcha. I also heard that if the clutch is stiff or the biting/friction point is low to the ground, its a sign of wear, can you verify if that's true? I feel like a super noob right now haha
[EDIT] If it bites high its worn! My eclipse is at 134k, never had a replacement and it finally burned out. 4 different people learned how to drive manual in this thing (including me) that I know of... could even be more. So it was only a matter of time.

How you can test is down shifting at relatively high RPMs. How quickly it can grab will be a good indication. +1 on the timing belt (and water pump while you're at it), super important. I think Charles has an excellent idea. Bring this up to the dealer and it could help you knock the price down a bit.

Always brings a smile to my face to see more people buying manuals. You're going to love this ride, Albert! Hands down the best FWD car imo.

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Its a good car for the money, id ask the dealer to lower the price to justify the cost of the repairs such as timing belt and clutch, its what i did and i got a grand off the total as i paid in full cause he didnt know when the timing belt was last changed
AWESOME tip! Definitely going to bring those up and get him to come down on it!

I'm very excited as well. I can't wait to feel those horses under feet
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I bought the car! Loving it so far, just a little paranoid about the engine sound. I'm making a post in the issues forum right now

update: [VIDEO] Rubbing Engine Noise, Small Tick/Knock
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I realize this is late and you already bought the car, but I figured I would chime in. I bought mine and the clutch went out 6 months later. Contrary to what is said, the clutch SHOULD GRAB LOW if it is in good shape. If it grabs way high as you’re letting off the pedal, it is worn. That goes for almost any hydraulically operated clutch. When my clutch went out, it was engaging at around 8 out of 10, with 10 being the pedal released and 1 being on the floor. With the new clutch it grabs at 4.
One way to test a really worn clutch is to stop the car, put it in 2nd and slip the clutch slowly. It should stall. This test only works if you’re clutch is really shot though. Another good test is put in in 4th gear at around 1500 to 2k rpms and floor it. You should feel the engine lug. If the rpms shoot up, clutch is slipping.
For me, my clutch started slipping in 1st at full throttle. At 4k rpm it would slip and shoot to redline. Another good indicator as how well it grabs 2nd. Do a full throttle 6k rpm shift into 2nd, the car should buck hard and the tires should chirp, especially a gt. If it feels like it slips back down (like mine did) then its worn.
If you’re new to driving manual it may be hard to gauge the health of the clutch. It should grab nicely, firmly and consistently. Grabbing low is always better than grabbing high. Eventually the clutch runs out of material and that’s when it starts grabbing high. Other than those stress tests, its hard to gauge the actual life left of a clutch. Driving it normal around the city should last you a while. People even have clutch last thousands of miles as theyre going out by babying them. A clutch will show its slaws when you start pushing it hard. Just my 2 cents.
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