What's wrong with my car?

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What's wrong with my car?

Post by kingofpartick » Sat Oct 20, 2007 1:10 pm

Its revving like a beast when i accelarate and being rather slow. I checked the radiator coolant levels and they are fine. There is no oil light coming on, but i fancy changing the oil filter and oil soon anyway cause its been a while.

Anything obvious that would cause this or is my car just generally fucked?
I remember when all this was fields

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Post by Colin » Sat Oct 20, 2007 1:15 pm

I'm no expert but it sounds like the clutch could be slipping. Any idea how old it is? Is it hard to get into gear sometimes?

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Post by kingofpartick » Sat Oct 20, 2007 1:44 pm

I lost 5th gear about three years ago. Never did find out where it went. Occasionally reverse isn't keen to work. I figured i had a shagged out gearbox. I think thats another issue i should really sort, but can't afford to.

The clutch did seem really stiff after we came back from hoalidays.
I remember when all this was fields

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Post by Jono Volpone » Sat Oct 20, 2007 3:51 pm

It does (from this distance!) sound like the clutch is on its way out. You may be able to take some of it up by adjusting the cable (I presume it's an older car with a cable-operated clutch?). Mind you, if it's started doing this suddenly then at a guess the cable might be fraying/snapping, in which case adjusting it won't help.

Hope you get it sorted!

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Post by bocken » Sat Oct 20, 2007 3:52 pm

Yeah, the engine revving loads without you really accelerating much sounds like textbook clutch-slip to me. Again, I'm no expert but I used to read Haynes maintenance manuals for fun as a kid. Might just need the cable adjusting, or it could just be shagged. It'll want looking at though, cos it'll only get worse, I'd imagine.

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Post by soft revolution » Sun Oct 21, 2007 1:00 am

I'm guessing by the lack of capital letters there's no massive overheating or anything?
And by me, I mean, Flexo.

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Post by kingofpartick » Sun Oct 21, 2007 7:36 pm

soft revolution wrote:I'm guessing by the lack of capital letters there's no massive overheating or anything?
nah, its just revving a lot and being a bit slow in accelarating. its not that bad, and once its up to speed its fine.
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Post by squirrelboutique » Mon Oct 22, 2007 12:38 am

Oh! Lots of people have already said it's the clutch, and I'm just going to post an agreement. Those same things were happening with my car last summer and I needed a new clutch.

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Post by kingofpartick » Mon Oct 22, 2007 8:36 am

i did wonder if it was anything to do with the fact that for ages i was filling up the radiator with just water, and then recently i got some anti freeze and put that in as well, but it was mixed a bit thick.

I put some more water in and it doesn't seem to as bad.
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Post by Contravene » Mon Oct 22, 2007 8:56 am

Aye get the water sorted, also check it isn't leaking and top up the oil. Also, if you've got the time try going on a long journey just to clear the pipes, I understand its called an 'Italian Service'

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Post by RAK » Sun Oct 28, 2007 12:29 am

When our car did that(no acceleration under high revs) it was because of a loose belt.

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Post by jayen_aitch » Sun Oct 28, 2007 4:10 pm

is it okay to ask general car related questions here?

For example... would putting super unleaded into my 11 year old polo make any difference?

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Post by Jono Volpone » Sun Oct 28, 2007 6:09 pm

jayen_aitch wrote:is it okay to ask general car related questions here?

For example... would putting super unleaded into my 11 year old polo make any difference?
Obviously it'll cost you a bit more, but you may notice a slight increase in performance, in which case you'll use less throttle for the same amount of speed, so this in theory might just about balance out the extra purchase cost. Never works like that with me though, I'm just foot to the floor no matter what juice is in. But then, I do drive a 2cv...

To be honest though, I actually suspect you'll not notice any difference and will go back to using normal 95 RON unleaded. Won't hurt to try though.

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Post by Contravene » Sun Oct 28, 2007 6:33 pm

Aye, keep a note of yer milage and how much the petrol cost.

Other hints on improving fuel efficient include:-
Don't accelerate so quickly
Don't use your brakes so much
Drive slower
Drive in the highest gear available

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Post by jayen_aitch » Sun Oct 28, 2007 9:40 pm

well so far I'd been using super unleaded, but today I looked at the prices and decided it probably isn't worth it.

So is it right that... A full tank of super-unleaded should do me more miles?

And also:

Should give me a few extra horses?

The former proposition interests me, the latter less so.

A light on my dash alleges that my airbag system stopped working the other day. Best case scenario it would cost £80+ to sort out... worst case £500+... I'm not really sure what to do about that.

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Post by Contravene » Sun Oct 28, 2007 9:49 pm

Your engine will work slightly more efficiently with super-unleaded and get more horses out of the fuel. You can either use your extra horses to go faster or further, choose by using your accelerator.

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Post by Jono Volpone » Sun Oct 28, 2007 10:10 pm

jayen_aitch wrote:
A light on my dash alleges that my airbag system stopped working the other day. Best case scenario it would cost £80+ to sort out... worst case £500+... I'm not really sure what to do about that.
Airbags, what are they?? Just try hard not to crash!
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Post by Pablo » Tue Oct 30, 2007 7:14 am

jayen_aitch wrote:A light on my dash alleges that my airbag system stopped working the other day. Best case scenario it would cost £80+ to sort out... worst case £500+... I'm not really sure what to do about that.
It could save your life, el dudio (or at least your beautiful face).

I'd spend the money if it were me, but granted, a lot wouldn't.
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Post by Contravene » Tue Oct 30, 2007 8:13 am

Could just be problem with the electrics. The airbag light on my Fiesta used to come on when my alternator/battery was fucked

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Post by jayen_aitch » Tue Oct 30, 2007 12:12 pm

I think I am going to take it in... but lord knows what I'll do if it costs me £500 to fix.

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