Clutch Slipping Causes and Repairs

Clutch Slipping Causes and Repairs

A slipping clutch can be one of the most annoying faults a manual vehicle can experience; if your clutch disengages too quickly i.e. – if you push down on the clutch pedal, and it doesn’t take much to disengage it, then it’s probably slipping. Another indicator of a slipping clutch is when your RPM’s (Revs Per Minute) are too high. Often, you can diagnose clutch problems in a manual transmission by hitting the road, by seeing if your engine needs more RPMs than usual to reach a certain speed.

What Causes a Slipping Clutch?

Slipping is perhaps the most common issue that people come across when dealing with the clutch. It can be aggravated by driving in areas that require you stop and start often such as when driving in bumper to bumper traffic. It can also develop because of bad gear shifting habits such as using too much force to change gears.

How to Fix a Slipping Clutch

Replacing a clutch can be a tough job because the transmission is heavy. It can also be extremely dangerous and could cause bodily harm or damage to your vehicle, especially if someone is doing the work that isn’t trained in slipping clutch repair.

A quick diagnosis will allow you to find the fault before taking your car into an accredited clutch replacement and repair centre – here are some quick steps to help diagnose:

Diagnosing a Slipping Clutch

  • Put on the emergency brake.
  • Turn on the engine.
  • Press in the clutch pedal and put your vehicle into fourth gear.
  • Slowly step on the accelerator pedal while stepping on the clutch.


If you cannot completely let go of the clutch pedal without your car’s engine stalling (or without moving the car), your clutch is slipping and needs to be replaced.

When your clutch is slipping, it can cause additional problems if left unattended. The more your clutch slips, the higher the heat gets and the more wear and tear your vehicle will experience. A slipping clutch could result in damage to the pressure plate and flywheel, if not properly fixed.

If you do not have experience in replacing clutches — it’s best to find a professional who has been trained and certified in slipping clutch repair.


To have your slipping clutch diagnosed, repaired or replaced – get in touch with Astro Brake for competitive pricing and guarantee service by clicking here.


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