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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-08-2018, 02:59 AM Thread Starter
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replace clutch now?

My car is 08 hatch and been over 10 years and clutch has no issue. But recently going up steep hill I noticed it stalled on me and restarting had my tires burning and ended up just turning around the hill and go back route. lol. Living in Seattle where some hills are crazy steep mixed in with rain (wasn't raining at time) I'm wondering if it's time to get new clutch? It drives fine and if I'm more precise those hills aren't a issue but I remember the instant go when clutch was fine.

If I do decide to get new clutch, is it better to buy it myself online and install it? Or is it something a professional should handle? I remember back in days people say its like 600 dollars to replace clutch.

Anyways, gurus please share.
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If you have to ask if you should take the clutch to a shop for replacement or DIY, then take it in for a replacement.
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My car is 08 hatch and been over 10 years and clutch has no issue. But recently going up steep hill I noticed it stalled on me and restarting had my tires burning and ended up just turning around the hill and go back route.

Anyways, gurus please share.
This ^^^^^ is a driving technique....while a clutch slipping (worn or needing to be replaced) in most described cases like yours would have trouble "burning the tires which is more traction issues having to do with the state or wear on the tires or you just need to re-learn how to drive up steep hills.


Years do not wear on clutch parts (exception may be moisture collected in the hydraulic components of a clutch system) and many daily drivers can go over 100K with clutches.
If you really are concerned and question regarding your clutch the best thing to do is take it to a transmission shop have them look at it. Most should not charge for a quick look at it. At least we wouldn't. Now if your car needs to be raised or more visual concerns then you may have to pay a little for the inspection.

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Thank you. I think tires are pretty bad but then again I have 168k miles with same clutch. I'll get this checked out. I'm sure my driving hills got declined too as I used to get very serious in going up hills (Seattle got some steep hills lol) then got bit lazy. Glad no car was behind me.

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My car is 08 hatch and been over 10 years and clutch has no issue. But recently going up steep hill I noticed it stalled on me and restarting had my tires burning and ended up just turning around the hill and go back route.

Anyways, gurus please share.
This ^^^^^[IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.mazda3forums.com/images/smilies/legacy/smokinamd.gif[/IMG] is a driving technique....while a clutch slipping (worn or needing to be replaced) in most described cases like yours would have trouble "burning the tires which is more traction issues having to do with the state or wear on the tires or you just need to re-learn how to drive up steep hills.


Years do not wear on clutch parts (exception may be moisture collected in the hydraulic components of a clutch system) and many daily drivers can go over 100K with clutches.
If you really are concerned and question regarding your clutch the best thing to do is take it to a transmission shop have them look at it. Most should not charge for a quick look at it. At least we wouldn't. Now if your car needs to be raised or more visual concerns then you may have to pay a little for the inspection.
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If you have 168,000 miles and have a lot of hills you very likely need a new clutch, or will need one fairly soon. I am replacing the 130,000 mile clutch in our 2010 Mazda 3 and there was maybe a millimeter of friction material left above the rivets and we live in a flat area.

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If you have 168,000 miles and have a lot of hills you very likely need a new clutch, or will need one fairly soon. I am replacing the 130,000 mile clutch in our 2010 Mazda 3 and there was maybe a millimeter of friction material left above the rivets and we live in a flat area.
Will I get any warning before clutch goes out? I'm at 177k and so far seems good. How much is clutch replacement and install? I'm guess around 6 to 700?

Also if clutch goes out will I be stranded and need roadside assistence?

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Will I get any warning before clutch goes out? I'm at 177k and so far seems good. How much is clutch replacement and install? I'm guess around 6 to 700?

Also if clutch goes out will I be stranded and need roadside assistence?

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Lots of advanced warning; mine started slipping up in the higher RPM ranges and I still drive it 20,000 miles before I finally had it replaced.

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Will I get any warning before clutch goes out? I'm at 177k and so far seems good. How much is clutch replacement and install? I'm guess around 6 to 700?

Also if clutch goes out will I be stranded and need roadside assistence?
Clutches worn well-beyond their wear limits will still function enough to drive the car. Early warning signs can include slipping at wide open throttle as well as "chatter" on take-off.

Personally, I'm at 195k miles on my stock clutch and I can still launch this car pretty hard. No problems at all so far.
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"Chatter" isn't necessarily a sign that your clutch is on its last legs, it can simply mean that the flywheel or pressure plate surface is warped. My previous car started chattering at around 35K miles after young and stupid me tried power-shifting it. Drove it like that until I sold it at around 110k miles, no slipping. My 3 also chattered when I bought it at 76K miles, at 122K now and still not slipping.
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Completely agree, that's why I said "can" include. Oil/grease contamination of the clutch surface can do the same thing. For wear, it's more a case of the clutch face being worn so far that the little slots in the friction surface are gone and it's just one continuous surface. That can cause mild chatter even with a dead flat flywheel.

As far as your poor clutch... we were all young once.

The car that I have right now was my wife's first manual. She wasn't a complete noob when she bought it, but it was the first one she drove every day. That was 8 years and over 150k miles ago. Even with this clutch needing to provide some "forgiveness" time to time while she got used to it, after this many miles it still engages like butter and does not slip at all, even in full jackass mode. Seems like Mazda got it right!

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