Kia Sportage Clutch problem-Customer had bought a second Sportage but the clutch was slipping?

Kia Sportage Clutch problem

Kia Sportage Clutch problem-This is the sort of thing that we have seen before? A customer of ours has bought another second car and the first decent journey has ended up with some sort of problem. In the case of this Kia Sportage, the clutch started slipping.

The worse part about it was that after being the owner for 4 weeks, the guy took the Kia on a two week trip to France. This particular model was a 2.0 CRD

Kia Sportage Clutch problem

Kia Sportage Clutch problem-Showing old worn out clutch

injection and had clocked up twenty-three thousand miles.

Everything went well until he drove down the French AutoRoute (French Motorway) on his way to the South. The Kia Sportage Clutch Problem started. He felt

Kia Sportage Clutch problem

Kia Sportage Clutch problem, showing gearbox

the cars clutch slipping on some of the very steep inclines that are common on the French motorways. They build their motorways over the top of the hills, where we cut through the hills to make the inclines less steep.

Kia Sportage Clutch problem

The clutch did not slip all the time only when the car was overloaded and also when the guy had to accelerate quickly. Otherwise, the Kia performed well. The customer finished off his holiday, without any further problems and made it back to Halifax in Yorkshire.

After a few more weeks he noticed that the gears were getting more difficult to engage. Finally, it became almost impossible to get any gears and so he brought into us at Pellon Auto Centre, to try to solve the problem.

Ryan Lynton our service manager, checked the car over and had no hesitation in declaring that the clutch needed replacing. The guy left his Kia and the clutch was replaced by Alex.

The guy had bought the car privately and so had no real comeback for any compensation. It is just a chance you take when buying a car privately.

Fiat Punto-Clutch problems since 2004? Popular car in Halifax UK

It looks to me that drivers and owners of Fiat Punto have had a raw deal when it comes to clutches on this

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2004 Fiat Punto in for a new clutch

model of car.

We have noticed that we have done more than our fair share of clutches on this model of car. I decided to do a little research and found some real horror stories, going back to 2002 Punto models.

One unlucky customer with a “52” plate Punto 8 valve version complained to me about several problems that he had encountered, including a very bad transmission judder and other small irritants such as engine noises and various oil leaks. He had just had a clutch fitted, but 1400 miles later the juddering had returned.

He too looked up the Fiat forums and noticed the amount of Fiat owners who were experiencing various clutch problems with their Punto’s. The cars came mainly from the main dealers from different parts of the country, but it looked as though Fiat new about the problem but did little about it.

Some Fiat owners were experiencing problems with a low biting point clutch pedal and rattling noises when changing gears, as if there was a broken spring type of noise. This is a common sign that you have a clutch that needs changing but they did not get much joy from Fiat and indeed many Fiat drivers opted to have their clutches changed by another garage or a mechanically minded friend or relation.

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Fiat Punto clutch old and new.

Other owners complained about their  pedals becoming hard when pressing to change gear. This then developed into them hearing scratching and clicking noises coming from the pedal area of the car, once again this is a sure sign that you need a replacement , in fact this is similar to the latest customers car that we fitted a new clutch to the other weekend and sure enough when we stripped it down the Punto needed a new clutch.

Fiat Punto clutch went again after only 2 weeks

Thank goodness the one that we did the other week was good and the car ran well after we had fitted it with a new clutch, but for some owners that was not the case. One unlucky gut had recently had a new clutch fitted, only to find that a few weeks later the same problems had come back to haunt him. The car had also had a new clutch pedal fitted, but after a few weeks the car once again became difficult to change gear, back to the same problem as pre new clutch?

The problem turned out to be a problem with the clutch bleeding. The mechanic who repaired the car did not know how to bleed the clutch because the Punto’s do not have a normal bleeding nipple system as do many other models of cars and for some reason some air had entered the fluid system of the clutch, making it difficult to change the gears again.

This problem was corrected by the garage who had just fitted the new clutch and the mistake was just put down to lack of Fiat Punto experience, this can very often happen in a garage that repairs mixed makes of cars.

Going back to the Fiat Punto in at my garage for a clutch, well it was only the second clutch that this particular car had fitted since 2004 (ten years), so I do not think that that was at all bad. The job to fit a Fiat Punto clutch is one of the easiest to do and the car was back on the road in a couple of hours, the customer was delighted and off he went a few hundred pounds lighter, but happy?

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work

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Clutch components removed

and parts. We also sell Dunlop Car Tyres online from our website by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Toyota Corolla Driver first noticed a Rattling Noise when Setting Off

1998 Toyota Corolla driver  thought his exhaust had gone

This customer of ours had only bought his Toyota Corolla about six months previously in a private sale with no come backs, so he wasn’t very pleased when the car started to rattle when he was

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new clutch ready to be fitted

about to set off on a journey.

My customer did not think much of the noise when starting off, he just thought that the exhaust needed repairing and carried on using the car. Another few weeks down the line he

noticed other slight problems, sometimes it was difficult to get a gear and he really struggled to force the gear lever and engage the gear. But in style he still did not do anything about it and carried on using his car, he thought that it was just one of those cars and the problem would go away.

He said that on occasions the car would also get stuck in reverse gear and the car engine was starting to cut out when the gears were stuck in. The guy said that a friend of his told him to check the clutch fluid under the bonnet (hood), but this was OK. He still did not suspect the transmission at this stage and carried on driving the car.

Toyota Corolla clutch can be suspect for a few reasons

One of the commonest clutch problems on a Toyota Corolla is a seized up clutch cable or the clutch linkage may require some lubrication or adjustment. This can show itself up if the plate does not release completely. The clutch may slip if the springs on the pressure plate are damaged or broken, these cars are now sixteen year old and if the clutch has not been changed then it likely that it soon will have to be changed.

The car soon became impossible to drive and was constantly getting stuck in gear and the engine cutting out. The car was eventually brought to us on the back of a car transporter and brought into the workshop for examination. By this time the Toyota  had no drive at all and it did not take long for us to diagnose a problem with the transmission, probably the clutch.

The job was assigned to our up and coming clutch specialist Alex who proceeded to strip the car down to inspect the cover. He first disconnected the battery and started to remove the drive shafts, the ones with the rubber boots at the ends. He then took out the bolts that were holding gear box case to the engine and slid out the transmission so that he was able to inspect the parts.

Toyota Corolla clutch plate was smashed to pieces.

He was not surprised to find that the clutch plate was smashed into pieces and was the answer to why the car did not have any drive at all. We replaced the  parts with new LUK

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Toyota Corolla clutch showing a close up of the damage.

parts and rebuilt the transmission connecting all the parts together and finally reconnected the New Car battery.

The  Corolla engine sounded in good shape and Alex proceeded to test drive the car. We can always tell when a job has been a success because Alex had a big grin on his face and it was another clutch under his belt.

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Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and Clutch Repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Deaf Drivers-Burn out their Clutch because they cant hear the engine revs?

Hard of hearing and Deaf Drivers Burnout their Clutch

Deaf Drivers-I realise that this is a sweeping statement and that people have varying levels of deafness, in fact, I am a little deaf, probably due to my disco days, when they used to blast your ears out

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Peugeot’s burned out clutch after only a year of use

every weekend. According to the following website… deaf or hard of hearing as some like to be called can learn how to change gear by the feel of the engine’s vibration. The different vibrations coming from the different engine speeds can teach the driver when to change gear.

This advice is given to hard of hearing drivers who are just learning how to drive, but I think that the problem is when the elderly driver becomes deafer with age. We have one customer in particular who is profoundly deaf but refuses to accept it.

He first came to us with a clutch problem about five years ago, since he fell out with his old garage, about the fact that they would not change his worn out clutch under warranty. He had the clutch fitted about a year earlier and he had burned it out. Although most quality clutches come with a 2 year guarantee, this does not cover wear and tear due to bad clutch control, but the guy did not think that he was doing anything wrong, deafness had crept up on him and he could not hear the engine noises to tell him when he should change gear, he had become one of the millions of deaf drivers on our roads.

The first time that he came to us we fitted an LUK Clutch, which incidentally we usually use, as we think that they are one of the best products on the market and cover a great range of cars. The clutch was fitted and the customer paid his account and went on his way.

We could not believe the noise that his engine made when he set off. It was a miracle that his Peugeot 206 didn’t blow the engine up. He could not hear the engine noise and the engine were revved up twice as much as it should have been, very similar to a learner driver who tries to drive for the very first time. To our surprise, he forced the gear into first and the car took a

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Peugeot 206 ready for its new clutch fitting

jump before setting off, we knew it would not be long before we saw him again.

True enough about a year later, the Peugeot 206 CC turned up on our doorstep with guess what? A burnt out clutch. We were not surprised and stripped down the old clutch to take a look. Sure enough, the thing was completely burned out and we had to tell the guy that the problem was due to him being one of the  profoundly deaf drivers, now on our roads. Unfortunately, we had to bite the bullet and explain to him that the Clutch Replacement was not covered by the warranty and he would have to pay for a new one fitting.

He went on to tell us that “that was why he fell out with his old garage”, but we knew all of that and stuck to our side of the story. He finally agreed and began to realise that this was going to be the price to pay for him to keep on driving his car.

We have now fitted yet another clutch to this Peugeot 206

Another three clutches later, he has now accepted the fact that the way he drives will burn out a clutch every year, and yesterday we fitted a new clutch bang on time about a year from his last one. The guy is a lot happier now and accepted that being one of the millions of deaf drivers, it was to be part of life, he lives on his own and says that he never really talks to anybody other than himself (a bit sad) I think. Deaf drivers will have Clutch Problems.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry

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New and old clutch together

out checks for a high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Eric Roberts




Kia Clutch Failure-After examining the car needed a Duel-Mass Flywheel

Kia Clutch Failure

Kia Clutch Failure ;These days a clutch is not that simple

During any normal working week. We may get price inquiries for customers. Especially, with a Clutch Repair Estimates for their car. Some of our customers are just wanting a price from us so that they know

Kia Clutch Failure

Kia Clutch Failure;Duel mass flywheel

what to budget for.Hence, and other people are shopping around for the best price.

As a business we find it difficult to pitch the correct price. Because a Kia Clutch Failure is much different to say pricing up a tyre. The prices can vary a great deal. Between say the different qualities that garages use. We know that we could get reconditioned clutches for most car models.

But we prefer to use the best quality clutches available. Because many of the original equipment clutches are made LUK clutches . Therefore, we prefer to use them, As it happens, if we cannot get LUK then we go for original equipment clutches. We find that in the long run. We never get any come backs with the better products. Therefore, we certainly do not want to be having to do a clutch job twice.Because of a faulty product. Lifes to hard as it is.

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new Kia clutch installed by Andrew

Also we are finding that a lot of modern cars are now fitted with duel-mass flywheels, these were invented by LUK in coordination with BMW in Germany, because the diesel cars were very jumpy when changing gear and BMW wanted a smoother gear change.

Kia Clutch Failure

So this system of different springs on a separate flywheel that fitted between the original flywheel and the clutch plate was invented. Many of the other leading car makers have now taken this option up, but it means much higher repair bills for consumers when their Kia Clutch Failure happens, because usually the duel-mass flywheel goes as well, but we dont know until we have stripped the car down to the clutch. A case in point is a job that we have just done on a Kia. The total job timed at seven hours came to well over a thousand pounds, where an older conventional clutch would have been about £280.

This is the reason why it is difficult to give an exact figure when pricing up a clutch for a customer.

Please click on to the link bellow for more clutch information

Eric Roberts