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When do I need a new clutch?

As the heading says, I'm wondering when I 'know' I need a new clutch.
The thing is I have a audible 'thud' sound when changing from 1st to 2nd and sometimes 3rd if I don't ease it in with suitable revs.
The thud is accompanied with a judder in the clutch pedal.
It's quite annoying and I feel like I'm abusing the car!

Is this a sign the clutch is worn? As far as I can tell, it doesn't slip or give any other indications that it's worn.

I'm no engine wiz, but I imagine things like worn engine mounts, driveshafts or synchros could be the culprit?

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Re: When do I need a new clutch?

clutch slip/ a bit of a hard push about 3/4 of the way thru the pedal thru( almost like a click to get thru that)....audible thuds.....all signs that it needs a new one..have you a psecialist nearby who wont bite your arm off for having a look at it? thats the best if you're not sure
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Re: When do I need a new clutch?

They normally judder, slip or get very heavy when they are worn.

When the one in my Fiat failed it would just judder when pulling away, especially when the engine and transmission were hot.
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Re: When do I need a new clutch?

I'd try a fluid change first.
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Re: When do I need a new clutch?

The clutch went on mine recently, the initial signs were it not being very quick from standing, the engine revs and noise didnt seem to match the speed i was getting. Over time it became obvious that i was using a lot of revs to keep it going. It finally gave up on my way into work, i rounded a bend in 2nd, put it up into 3rd and it just felt like someone had put the brakes on, the rev counter said 3500rpm but i felt like i was going backwards, managed to limp it over to the garage where its been ever since... getting it back today !
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Re: When do I need a new clutch?

did you get it back.. is it OK??

two ways I know of for checking a clutch..

red line it in 1st.. you should get good acceleration all the way up the range and a definite feel of loss of acceleration at the top of the range.. if it feels like it's still accelerating once the revs stop going up then the clutch is slipping

put the hand brake on hard and then slowly lift the clutch in 1st gear.. the engine should stall pretty quickly after you reach bite point.. if it doesn't stall quickly then the clutch is badly worn or badly adjusted, the longer it takes to stall the worse it is...
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