How to Diagnose a Slipping Clutch

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Unfortunately, if you drive in a highly congested area with many stops, you may have developed some bad shifting habits that can result in a slipping clutch or stripped gears.

Although a clutch plate system wears gradually over time, eventually the clutch's performance may become noticeably diminished, and by paying close attention to how it engages, slippage should be apparent to a competent driver.

Here are some simple signs to watch for:

  1. Change in engine speed without noticeable acceleration. If you rev your engine and the car hesitates before accelerating, it can mean your clutch isn't delivering the boost in RPM through the transmission to the drive wheels.
  2. Change in the clutch pedal height where the driver feels the clutch begin to engage.
  3. Change in perceived engine power when pulling a load. A slipping clutch reduces the amount of power delivered to the drive wheels.