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    Clutch issues?

    If you've had a clutch failure, please post mileage and symptoms - if possible the culprit as well. Not trying to scare anybody - the vast majority are fine - but if you're about to buy a new ST you might add it to the list of things to check, and if you have a strong clutch smell from normal driving, you should probably take it in.

    Mine (IS ST2) was ~60mi, the day I got it. Clutch started slipping, slipping more, then failed completely. Dealer thought it was the slave cylinder, but wasn't totally sure.

    6speed (PB ST2) - 1,100 mi; clutch wouldn't release from a stop light
    Hoser (PB ST1) - Fixed pre-delivery!
    RallyST (PB ST1) - 8,000 mi; Clutch slipping at bottom of each gear.
    hamholla (TB ST2) - 6,500 miles. Pedal was glued to the floor, messed with it and got it to return to the full rest position. Pedal only had about half the range it used to. Car wouldn't hold any significant amount of torque. (NOT COVERED -$1,920)
    DizzyST (IS ST2) - 2,000 miles. It started to slip about about 100 miles before it died. Clutch smell was horrible during that 100 mile stint.
    Pinky - 3 days old. 400km. stopped at a red light and clutch glued itself to the floor. dealership says master and slave cylinder both pooched.
    Alpo - 300 mi; after depressing the pedal the clutch pedal five or six times, it would not return from the floor.
    Lets-go (RR ST3) - 2,000 miles. Clutch pedal suddenly stuck to floor, fluid dripping from bell housing. Full clutch assembly replacement.
    ...and several more; haven't been keeping track. Long story short, if you drive normally, haven't been riding the clutch or anything and it stinks to high heaven, just take it in.
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    I feel like I smell my clutch after I get out pretty often whether I am driving hard or not. 8k miles

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    How many miles did you get the car with and not to sound like an ass but do you really know how to drive stick and done it for a while

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hink92 View Post
    How many miles did you get the car with and not to sound like an ass but do you really know how to drive stick and done it for a while
    Car had ~30 miles, died after a drive across dfw with ~60 miles. I learned stick on a Plymouth breeze, and also a Ranger. Even if I had been brand new - are you saying a beat up Plymouth should be able to handle a new driver while a brand new sport clutch can't?

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    And for the record it looks like all of the clutch problems I've seen were on a handful of earlier production cars - I just put this up to see if any had problems but didn't speak up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hink92 View Post
    How many miles did you get the car with and not to sound like an ass but do you really know how to drive stick and done it for a while
    Yeah even if he learned to drive a manual on his car the clutch shouldn't crap out in 60 miles

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    Around 1100 miles I was pulling out from a stop light and my clutch wouldn't release, it burned the whole way to the dealership, got a new pressure plate and clutch.
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    I have yet to have my car delivered because the dealership found some type of leak in the clutch system and have had to replace the entire clutch and flywheel. I'm not sure of the details but I will be by the time I sign for this car!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoser View Post
    I have yet to have my car delivered because the dealership found some type of leak in the clutch system and have had to replace the entire clutch and flywheel. I'm not sure of the details but I will be by the time I sign for this car!
    Sounds like the slave cylinder. If you get brake fluid on the clutch disc it's trash.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoser View Post
    I have yet to have my car delivered because the dealership found some type of leak in the clutch system and have had to replace the entire clutch and flywheel. I'm not sure of the details but I will be by the time I sign for this car!
    Sounds exactly like what happened to my car; clutch got soaked and took everything else with it

 

 
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