Problems with the clutch can be attributed to any of the components that make-up the clutch system.  A "clutch kit" typically will contain the clutch disc and pressure plate; this is ignoring the pilot and throw-out/release bearings, which typically is purchased separately.  In addition to any of these parts, the flywheel is an integral part of the clutch system.  Although I have broken down all of these components in this section, a clutch "problem" could point to any or all of these components as a problem source.

A quick and dirty test to see if your clutch is slipping or bad, follow the procedure below:

  1. With the car sitting in the driveway, engage the parking brake.
  2. Start the engine and let idle.
  3. Engage 3rd gear on the transmission.
  4. With the clutch pressed in, rev the engine to at least 4kRPM.
  5. Slowly lift off the clutch pedal to engage the clutch and check to see if the RPMs drop or not.
    At the same time, try to give it some gas to keep the revs up as much as possible.

If the RPMs drop, the clutch is still good.  If the RPMs stay at high RPMs, the clutch needs to be replaced.

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