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Hi,

Searched the forums but can't quite find the same problem - any ideas?

Since I've had the car, when accelerating after changing into 2nd/3rd gear there is often a little 'boost' to the acceleration, most noticeable when coming off roundabouts/junctions etc.

As of yesterday, instead of this boost, the rev counter jumps quickly to around 3000rpm and then back down to it's normal place (around 1500-2000) without any noticeable boost in acceleration, in fact it feels a bit sluggish. After this, changing gear isn't a problem and it's getting up to speed - albeit not as quickly as it did before!

Any thoughts? Looking around on here seem to suggest clutch? I'm no car engine expert so any pointers in the right direction would be helpful so I can gauge cost before I take it in!!

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If the revs are rising but the car isn't accelerating either your wheels are spinning or the clutch is slipping.

The clutch is about £100, you will also need a new concentric slave which is about £60, and it is a good idea to change the Dual mass flywheel as well. That is about £300...

Labour is going to be around 6 hours I would guess.
 

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Clutch test. Park the car on a flat car park or tarmac off the highway. Put the car in 3rd gear. Feet off the pedals and handbrake off. Start the car and it should stall almost instantly and not travel.

If you travel any distance before it stalls you've a clutch problem
 

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1.6 clutch issues seem comparatively rare (clutch abuse aside that is) on this Forum.

Have you checked your carpets aren't jammed up with the clutch pedal as I seem to remember this was mentioned in the past.
 

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Hi,

Searched the forums but can't quite find the same problem - any ideas?

Since I've had the car, when accelerating after changing into 2nd/3rd gear there is often a little 'boost' to the acceleration, most noticeable when coming off roundabouts/junctions etc.

As of yesterday, instead of this boost, the rev counter jumps quickly to around 3000rpm and then back down to it's normal place (around 1500-2000) without any noticeable boost in acceleration, in fact it feels a bit sluggish. After this, changing gear isn't a problem and it's getting up to speed - albeit not as quickly as it did before!

Any thoughts? Looking around on here seem to suggest clutch? I'm no car engine expert so any pointers in the right direction would be helpful so I can gauge cost before I take it in!!

Cheers
I had a similar problem with my 2.0JTDM. It was eventually traced to a sticky valve within the Turbo (can't remember its name but it controlled emissions). Anyway, the valve was replaced at a cost of around £100 to £150 and it was fin after that. While I was waiting for the part the mechanic removed the valve and although I got the acceleration back it would have failed an MOT emissions test (apparently).

Hope this helps....sorry for being a bit vague but it was a few years ago.
 

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Thanks everyone, really useful. I'm not convinced it's the clutch, drives fine apart from this small problem and passes the 3rd gear clutch test. Spoke to my local independent Alfa specialist (who serviced my car last year) who thinks it may be the air flow meter, or as suggested on here, something awry with the turbo... taking it in on Monday.
 

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As of yesterday, instead of this boost, the rev counter jumps quickly to around 3000rpm and then back down to it's normal place (around 1500-2000) without any noticeable boost in acceleration,
As Simon has already pointed that description can only describe a faulty drive train (MAFs or Turbos can't do that)

The best test for the clutch is to switch to 'D', drive at a steady pace at about 1700 rpm in top gear - and then floor the accelerator. If the revs then go up as you describe then you definitely have a faulty clutch.

If they don't then you might be just borderline or something is intermittent.
 
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