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Old 04 Jan 2013, 09:03 pm
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Default how can I tell whether its my clutch or tranny that is going bad?

I have a 2000 Honda Accord (manual tranny) with 390k; original engine, clutch, and tranny. I've always gotten my belts, and hoses changed and keep up with regular oil changes, tires, tire rotations, wheel alignments, etc. Recently I noticed that when trying to accelerate the car almost slips (??) but eventually gains speed. Also, when I exit the car, there is an engine type smell (not a burning but almost like the smell of a car shop; if that makes sense). There is no smoke, at least not yet, coming from the car. I think the clutch is going out. Any thoughts?















Thank you all so much for your responses! I'm going to get this checked out right away. See! And they say women don't take good care of cars. I beg to differ =)
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Old 04 Jan 2013, 09:16 pm
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You have just described all the classic symptoms of a worn out clutch.
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Old 04 Jan 2013, 09:31 pm
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If it is slipping then it is most likely your clutch. If the gears inside your transmission slip you would hear a lot of noise.
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Old 04 Jan 2013, 09:46 pm
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Take it to a reputable shop and have it checked. My guess is the clutch 390k is a lot of miles.
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Old 04 Jan 2013, 10:01 pm
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If your clutch is going bad then you will notice that your RPM goes up (engine picks up speed) but the clutch is grabbing the flywheel so your RPM will go up but the car won't go faster.































Now, the whole "is the trannsmission going bad" personally I do not know what that means. About the smell that could be burning clutch, maybe your slave or master cylinder has gone bad and you are smelling brake fluid? I doubt this because the fluid doesn't really have a smell but if it is falling on something hot and burning then that could be what you are smelling.































Do you notice this "slipping" in all gears or just certain ones, if in all gears I think it's more likely to be a clutch issue.
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Old 04 Jan 2013, 10:16 pm
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Def, your clutch witch is good cuz cost of that is about $100-200 for clutch kit if done by self where trans would be atleast triple
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Old 04 Jan 2013, 10:31 pm
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Classic clutch failure, slipping under load hence the revs rising combined with the smell (same smell as really hot brakes - similar material) due to the heat generated from the slipping clutch.















A new clutch kit shouldn't break the bank, like brakes, they are designed to wear.
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