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Old 24th April 2006, 17:36   #1
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Since today morning, my Santro has been giving me problems. When I start off (releasing clutch) there is no problem - then as I start moving along a little, I can feel "vibrations..knocking on the accelerator -- hitting back at the foot." I don't feel the knocking when I press the gas when the car is at a standstill.

A mechanic looked at it here and says my clutch plate is gone. Is that how it feels when the clutch plate is damaged? How often does a clutch plate have to be changed?

Mine is an old car and has been driven by a lot of people.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 24th April 2006, 18:21   #2
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Mine is an old car and has been driven by a lot of people.
That says all. Yes, your clutch plate might be damaged.

If it so, usually you need to press accelerator hard to pick up even low speed 20-30 km/h.
It is better to fix the problem - if it become totally damaged, car won't move at all even when put on gear.

Often a burnt out smell also can be felt.


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Old 24th April 2006, 18:29   #3
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Not to say your FE will go for a complete toss. Why do not you take your car to the nearest Hyundai service center? Let them give it a thorough checkup. Its good to get the car's health checked up once in a while after it has aged.
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Not to say your FE
And powerloss...

Since the car is used by a lot of people, the clutch could have taken a beating. If its long since u got ur car, like say arnd 40k plus miles its time for the clutch to be changed anyway.
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How old is ur car,man??
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1999, 76000 on the odo.
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1999, 76000 on the odo.
time for a change buddy !!
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time for a change buddy !!
Thanks friends ...time to reach for that cheque book!
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1999, 76000 on the odo.
How many times have you changed your clutch so far?
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Well as Johy seems to be unaware with the symptoms of excessive clutch wear, i guess it hasn't been changed at all. And 76000 on the original clutch is very much doable.
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Well as Johy seems to be unaware with the symptoms of excessive clutch wear, i guess it hasn't been changed at all. And 76000 on the original clutch is very much doable.
Noway...impossible in Indian traffic conditions with multiple people driving the car. If it did actually run that much, its one helluva clutch!!
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we don't know if the car was bought new or 2nd hand by Johy so it is possible that the clutch may have been changed earlier but Johy may not be aware of it if he bought it used.

Multiple people driving the car does not NECESSARILY mean they all drove it using the clutch as foot-rest.

And 76000km on the OE clutch is very much possible in Indian traffic conditions. Have seen various confirmations of the same on this forum itself.
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guys 76000 on the OE clutch ...looks like OE clutch was sent from up above..my cars clutch was out for a toss at 50000 km..
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I guess the degree of wear and tear would vary from car to car too. Besides Mumbai and Siliguri (have no clue where that is) would have very different traffic conditions i imagine.
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Hi friends,

I got the car second hand, but when the mechanic looked at it yesterday , he said it was "still sealed" and had never been opened, so I guess it must be, as karthik pointed out, "a helluva clutch!"

@Deeps

Siliguri is a small city/town you have to pass if you are travelling to Darjeeling and Sikkim. It is a small town with narrow roads and a lot of rickshaws and autorickshaws, so you can only imagine the kind of traffic we have here.
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