PT Cruiser Forum  

Go Back   PT Cruiser Forum > General Forums > Tech & Performance Forum

PT Cruiser Forum

Clutch Life?

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 11 Mar 2010, 09:13 pm
Young Cruiser
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Oklahoma City, OK, USA.
Posts: 50
Default Clutch Life?

Over the last 2 months or so, my 2004 base model 5 speed seems to jerk a little when I take off or between shifts as I'm accelerating. It feels a little like I'm not giving it enough gas but I don't think I've changed my driving habits lately.

Could this be a slipping or worn clutch issue? I have no idea what to expect when the clutch starts to go south. What's the normal life of a reasonably driven clutch anyway? It's just a commuter car and I don't drive it roughly. I've driven it nearly 92,000 miles with no major issues and this is the first real unusual issue I've encountered.

Thanks for any replies!
Poncho Villa
2004 Base Model PT Cruiser, 5 Speed
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 12 Mar 2010, 12:01 am
Fanatic Cruiser
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Billings, MT
Posts: 745
Default Re: Clutch Life?

Clutch life is 100% dependent on driving style. I've seen cars with almost 200k miles with the original clutch, and I've seen a Dodge Ram with 1400 miles and the clutch was already worn out (by abuse, not a defect).

You may start hearing noises when you press the clutch in if it's starting to go out. You may also notice it's harder to shift between gears, and you'll have less play in the clutch pedal.
2010 PT Cruiser Classic, Deep Water Blue
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 12 Mar 2010, 01:06 pm
Dino's Avatar
Senior Cruiser
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: NY
Posts: 1,839
Default Re: Clutch Life?

I've never had a PT with a clutch but have had a few other cars, they were used when I got them but if I remember they were both in the mileage range that your at when they needed a clutch. Had a Mustang that went through the clutch faster but that was driven much harder than a typical daily driver.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 15 Mar 2010, 09:46 pm
soonercruiser's Avatar
Obsessed Cruiser
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Oklahoma City
Posts: 10,866
Cool Re: Clutch Life?

Might not be the clutch.
Mine went out at 24K; but it was getting difficult to shift between 1st & 2nd.

2003 PT Cruiser GT Panel Van Conversion as new day driver.

Have now owned 6 PT Cruisers = Me PT Crazy!
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 16 Mar 2010, 11:36 am
quicksilverdon's Avatar
Obsessed Cruiser
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Felton, Delaware
Posts: 20,501
Default Re: Clutch Life?

Your symptoms sound more like you need plugs and wires than a clutch -
Clutch makes shifting without grinding harder, and revs may climb faster than speed if it's slipping.
If it were mine, I'd do plugs and wires first (can't hurt). Gap plugs 0.040
"Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life,
nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."
Isaac Asimov"

'05 Limited Turbo Lite, (Silver, of course)4-wheel ABS, Sunroof, Spoiler. Mods: E&G Classic grill, K&N FIPK, BTG duals, rear lowered 1.5", LED washer lights, $20 catch can, Aoogah horn, Weatherflectors, Sunroof Deflector, Fuzzy Dice, rear logo flames, rear pinstripe graphic, Gen3 Taillights, rear sway bar, hood struts, Strut bar.
Traded in '02 Silver Touring Edition w/87,000 miles
Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
CLUTCH LIFE EXPECTANCY ?? soonercruiser General PT Cruiser Discussions 23 19 May 2016 01:37 pm
01 Clutch oddity-possible clutch master cylinder? opelenvy Tech & Performance Forum 6 17 Sep 2008 03:35 pm
PT service life ??? erhayes Tech & Performance Forum 16 01 Mar 2004 12:45 pm
GT 5 speed clutch noise or " clutch chatter". boosta General Turbo Discussions 3 11 Aug 2003 08:10 pm
My PT saved my life cruiserjim General PT Cruiser Discussions 0 15 Jun 2002 01:22 pm

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:48 am.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.2
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2 © 2011, Crawlability, Inc.