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Good morning,

Just joined and this is my first post on this forum.

I have a Toyota Yaris  Mk1 2003 1.3 and I've noticed when trying to accelerate hard the engine revs but don't appear to be going any faster.  I'm sure this has something to do with the clutch and may be slipping?  No weird sounds or smells just not accelerating as I would expect.  To be honest I usually drive like an old granny so not noticed it until recently.

I've also got an engine warning light on which comes up with an 'unspecified' code according to the garage.  I don't know if this is related as the car doesn't have any other issues at all.

So my question is:

Do I need to replace the clutch and if so, what is a reasonable cost?  

I did see something about hydraulics giving the same issue.  How do I check?

Is the engine warning light related?

 

Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.

 

Kindest regards,

 

Nick

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Just had another look at the car.  Brake/Clutch fluid appears to be up at the maximum and I can see the clutch cylinder moving at the front of the engine.  Putting the handbrake on, putting it into gear, and then accelerating does not stall the car.

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Yes, that's correct, if your rev counter get jumps while acellerating hard, but your speedometer is not matching this, then clutch is slipping.

You can probably get some more life out of it if you drive it granny style as until now, with no hard pulls.

Check engine light should not be related to the clutch.

 

How many miles on it?

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The engine light is a complete mystery to be honest but it's been on for longer than I noticed the clutch slipping.

The cars done about 80k. 

I've checked out prices for clutch kits which seem to be somewhere between £60 - £100.  Any idea what's reasonable in regards to cost/time to fit it?  

I'll probably need to get someone to look at it before getting it replaced.  Is there any chance it may be something to do with hydraulics as I've seen this mentioned elsewhere.  Brakes are fine but the clutch pedal doesn't go hard if you pump it.  The brake pedal does.

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1 hour ago, NickDJ said:

putting it into gear, and then accelerating does not stall the car.

Try pulling off in 5th gear with the handbrake on, using appropriate high revs.  If you can let the clutch all the way out, or nearly all the way out - then your clutch is worn.

edit...  budget about £200-300 for a new clutch kit fitted.

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Pretty sure it slips in 5th gear but will re-test.

Any suggestions of places I should get a quote for parts and fitting?  £200 - £300 seems pretty reasonable to me.  My nearest MrClutch is in Bristol and I'm not all that convinced with Halfords or F1 Autocentres (previous bad experience).

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I've had one quote so far from a local garage.

£390 inc VAT.  Includes 3 part clutch kit (LUK/VALEO/SACHS), slave cylinder, Gearbox Oil, Dot4 Clutch Fluid, and labour.  Lifetime warranty. 

Does that sound reasonable? 

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I'd personally go with a local, recommended garage. Any others you are able to get a price from for the same as already quoted/estimated? You are probably wise avoiding the last two organisations.😎

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Thank you for your help everyone.  Local garage can book me in for next Monday and they will even lend me a courtesy car.  Slightly higher price but looks like they are doing everything required to ensure a 'proper job'.  🙂

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