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1995 Corolla
Manual transmission,
153,000 miles (last tune up 135,000 miles). Has new battery, radiator
and starter, and oil change.

Problem:The car is hesitating or losing pick up in gear one or two,
when starting out. Sounds like the engine is just revving rather than
the car going forward with normal power or pick up, although the car
never actually stops moving. This has happened two times in the last
week. The car is used in cold climate (minus zero to mid teens) but
this happened even after the vehicle was warmed up.

Is this a clutch problem, simple tune up, or just an old car fighting
with the cold? What happens when a clutch starts to go bad?

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"googleisfun" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> 1995 Corolla
> Manual transmission,
> 153,000 miles (last tune up 135,000 miles). Has new battery, radiator
> and starter, and oil change.
>
> Problem:The car is hesitating or losing pick up in gear one or two,
> when starting out. Sounds like the engine is just revving rather than
> the car going forward with normal power or pick up, although the car
> never actually stops moving. This has happened two times in the last
> week. The car is used in cold climate (minus zero to mid teens) but
> this happened even after the vehicle was warmed up.
>
> Is this a clutch problem, simple tune up, or just an old car fighting
> with the cold? What happens when a clutch starts to go bad?
>
> Thanks
>


"Hesitating" and "revving" describe different conditions. A hesitation is
when the engine speed does not increase smoothly when the throttle is
applied. "Revving" is when engine speed increases. "Slipping" is when
engine speed increases without a corresponding increase in vehicle speed.

It sounds like you are describing slipping. Slipping in a vehicle with a
manual transmission can happen when the clutch friction material is worn,
when the clutch pressure plate is worn, or if there is a problem with the
clutch actuator. At 150,000 miles, it is possible that the clutch is worn,
especially if the vehicle is driven a lot in stop-an-go traffic, if drivers
hold the vehicle stationary on inclines by slipping the clutch, or if the
vehicle is down-shifted frequently to slow down instead of applying the
brakes.

I would have a competent technician take the vehicle for a test drive for
evaluation.
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Ray O
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Re: HELP! 1995 Corolla problem

"googleisfun" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> Jeff Strickland wrote:
>> "googleisfun" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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>> > 1995 Corolla
>> > Manual transmission,
>> > 153,000 miles (last tune up 135,000 miles). Has new battery, radiator
>> > and starter, and oil change.
>> >
>> > > Don't take that personally, the clutch is a normal wear item, and
>> > > most folks

>> can't get as many miles as you did.

>
>> Well, thanks, but I only started using the car when it already had
>> 130,000 miles on it.

> I guess after reading the responses , it probably is the clutch.
>
> How much could this cost?
>

The cost of clutch replacement depends on the prevailing labor rates in your
area; anywhere from $700 to $1500.
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