AHTV Originals: How To Diagnose A Clutch Problem

So my daily driver started having a spongy clutch pedal and Willie B and I decided to do a detailed diagnosis video on how to solve problems with your clutch. In this video look for lots of diagnosis tips regarding clutch hydraulics and how to find out quickly if you have a quick and easy fix or a big expensive problem. Enjoy the video and leave comments!

6 Responses

  1. amar

    June 24th, 2010 at 6:17 pm


    Hey i Have a 1993 audi 90 and i am having a clutch problem

    the clutch wont engage sometimes when you let up on it

    i think the clutch is worn out but like… you shouldnt be able to shift sometimes then it not shift.. you know?

    any ideas

    i can explain the situation better for you

  2. jaime

    February 12th, 2011 at 1:08 am


    i have a electra 2004 my car when i shift into 1st is fine into 2nd the engine runs to 6000 rpms without going anywhere . do you know what it is?

  3. admin

    February 12th, 2011 at 1:52 pm


    If your car is an automatic Id say your trans is slipping (prolly worn bands) if its a manual it could be a possible clutch issue or a very worn second gear syncro. When it comes to internal transmission problems especially with automatics I’d take it in to a professional especially if you don’t have experience and let them do a diagnosis.

  4. shroar

    May 24th, 2011 at 4:17 am


    Hi, This is a diesel Chevy with hydraulic clutch with 52000km.

    when engine is hot, clutch pedal is stiff, when engine is cool, clutch pedal not so stiff, but never smooth, but there is a creaky sound all the time when I slowly depress clutch pedal. some times gear shift does not easily go into reverse or second gear.

    there are no leaks, no slippages, I tried bleeding no improvement.

    Mechanic says this is a issue with pressure plate but suggests I replace entire clutch set ( clutch plate, pressure plate and bearing), what do you think?

  5. autohowtovideos

    May 24th, 2011 at 3:18 pm


    Sounds to me like it’s a bad throw out bearing.. Your mechanic could be right that the pressure plate is acting up and that could be a reason why engine temp has an effect on pedal feel.

    But if you’re hearing a noise every time the pedal is pushed in (usually a screech,whir,almost like a squeak) then that’s going to be the throwout bearing.

    In order to replace that you will have to drop the trans and clutch so might be a good time to do a clutch kit while your in there

  6. Cierra Ropp

    October 15th, 2011 at 4:23 am


    Hello I have a 2006 Honda civic Si and I am having a problem trying to figure out what is wrong with my clutch. It’s so bad that the car is undriveable. I’ve taken it to honda to get it diagnosed and they said that it was the slave cylinder. I don’t think it is.

    The original problem happened after I took it to honda the first time because of a 3rd gear problem which happened to be a bad 3rd gear and they replaced the gear set. About a month later, I noticed my clutch was having problems disengaging. The pedal would even say down and get stuck.

    My initial thought was a non-lubricated clutch release or throwout bearing. If where the bearing meets the main shaft doesn’t have high heat grease the grease would eventually dissolve because of the high heat friction. Depressing the clutch with no lubricant would cause this bearing to stick and not release. This was causing my car to stay in gear, and the shifter would not move out of gear. If you have had this problem or have had any other inquiries on this problem and have been able to help, I would appreciate any insight you could give me.


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