Punto 1.9JTD - How to tell if a clutch is on the way out - fv43576

I have a holiday this May at Scotland for 2 weeks. I am more concerned about my clutch the car that I have owned it since 32,000 miles it never had a new clutch replacemnt before now currently at 101,053 miles. How can I be sure we don't have a clutch slip while on holiday because in Scotland where we are going it will be alot of gear change, uphill and dowhill with payload approxment 200kg

Is there any other way of tell clutch wear? I am not sure what is clutch life expectancy should last?

Thank you

Edited by fv43576 on 13/04/2017 at 16:17

Punto 1.9JTD - How to tell if a clutch is on the way out - RobJP

If it drives fine, then it's likely to continue driving fine - you obviously drive with 'mechanical sympathy'. so put minimal stress on the clutch and flywheel.

As to 'testing' a clutch, to see if it's slipping ...

One way is quite simple. 30-40mph in 5th, on a nice straight piece of road. Put your foot hard to the accelerator. If the revs rise BEFORE the road speed does (sort of like an old CVT transmission), then you've got clutch slip. If not, then you don't.

Another method (but this does place wear on the clutch and flywheel) is : handbrake on, first gear. NO accelerator. Release clutch very slowly until stall point.

Basically, if the car stalls or is about to stall, then you're fine.

Punto 1.9JTD - How to tell if a clutch is on the way out - fv43576

RobJP appreciation for your reply, I will try thanks

Fab.

Punto 1.9JTD - How to tell if a clutch is on the way out - andyp

The only thing i would add is does reverse gear engage from rest without "crunching" and the forward gears without baulking (or no more than it always has anyway) ?

 

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