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Old 10 Aug 2012, 11:05 pm
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So the other day I was having trouble shifting when the car got hot. It was so bad that I could not get it into first without pumping the clutch after a few minutes of traffic and Miami heat. So I'm taking my car in on Monday to replace the slave and/or master cylinder. But now it was raining on my way home (my car works fine at night). And my car was running hotter than normal (usually at the half way point but now it was at 3/4th), it would jump from 1000 to ~1250 rpms when cruising in neutral and pressing the brake, and it would make a jumpy stop, with a loud noise like a "thump thump thump" that got louder as I slowed. Could there be a bigger issue here? Any comments are greatly appreciated. Thank you very much!

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Old 10 Aug 2012, 11:07 pm
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Oh and lately there has a been a squeaking noise coming from the engine as I pull into my driveway :/
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Old 11 Aug 2012, 12:09 am
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Sounds to me like the friction plate is causing your issue, the thump thump could be anything, but if it's clutch related, it could be a broken clutch spring. The squeaking could also be anything that has a belt or pulley, or again if it's clutch related, the release bearing could be noisy. Other than that, it could have nothing at all to do with the clutch
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Old 11 Aug 2012, 09:10 am
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Thank you! I'll have my mechanic check more thoroughly before he changes the cylinders!

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Old 11 Aug 2012, 09:20 am
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Thank you! I GUESS I'll have my mechanic check more thoroughly before he changes the cylinders!

"I guess" that would be a good idea.

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Old 17 Aug 2012, 12:17 am
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Hey, eponce, let us know if and how you fixed your clutch problem. I'm having the same problem shifting my 2006 Route 66 when it's hot. I changed the slave cylinder and it made no difference. You might want to check out the "stiff transmission when hot" thread and try the clutch rod adjustment. That seems to have worked for a few members. Here's the link:

Stiff transmission when hot?

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Old 17 Aug 2012, 10:14 pm
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Just an update on my "stiff shifter when hot" problem. I adjusted the clutch rod as mentioned in the thread I referenced and it completely solved my problem.
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