Today we are going to be looking at signs of a faulty clutch cable.

But what is a clutch cable? Why is it important?

A clutch cable is the steel braided cable found on manual transmission vehicles that connects the transmission clutch linkage to the clutch pedal mechanism. When the pedal is depressed, the clutch cable pulls on the clutch linkage to disengage the clutch so that the transmission can be safely shifted.

Firstly your transmission slips out of gear. A bad clutch cable can sometimes cause a transmission to slip and pop out of gear. This will usually occur when it is accelerating and is under heavy load.

Your clutch pedal feels hard. Another symptom of a problem with the clutch cable is a hard clutch pedal. A jammed or stuck cable will not be able to move when the pedal is depressed and will result in a pedal that resists depression when stepped on. Continuing to try and step on a pedal that has resistance may cause the cable to break, which will result in an a completely faulty clutch pedal.

Clutch pedal is stuck on the floor. Another symptom, and a more serious issue, is a clutch pedal that sinks to the floor. If for any reason the clutch cable snaps or breaks, the clutch pedal will become disconnected from the clutch linkage, and as a result will have little to no resistance when the pedal is depressed. This will obviously result in a vehicle that cannot shift into gear and will be undrivable. This is a terrible feeling when it happens to you. You can feel so hopeless before but make sure you have your cellphone at hand and your trusted clutch and brake specialist to help you.

Always go with someone you can trust, like Astro Brake and Clutch.