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Clutch

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BrommoBrommo Forumite
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I have recently bought a 2nd hand car (5/6 weeks ago)
I've subsequently been told that the clutch is slipping although I have not felt it or seen any signs of this.
If I require the clutch to be replaced, is the dealer responsible for the cost because it must have been sold with an underlying problem. 

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  • AdrianCAdrianC Forumite
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    Not necessarily.

    How old is the car?
  • foxy-stoatfoxy-stoat Forumite
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    Who has told you the clutch is slipping?
  • BrommoBrommo Forumite
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    The car is a 60 plate so around 9 years old. 
    It was a very well known brand (they also sale bicycles) that said about the clutch slipping but I'm not entirely convinced 
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    EdGasketTheSecondEdGasketTheSecond Forumite
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    edited 10 March at 3:51PM
    When warm, go straight from 1st gear to third and hit the accelerator. If the engine speeds up but the car doesn't, then the clutch is slipping.
  • AdrianCAdrianC Forumite
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    Brommo said:
    The car is a 60 plate so around 9 years old.
    So the question is whether it would be reasonable to expect a clutch to start slipping on a 9yo car, if you'd owned it from new...
  • patman99patman99 Forumite
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    A good test that is used by garages is to pull on the handbrake, rev the car up to 4000 rpm, put it in 1st gear then slowly raise the clutch. If the revs drop, clutch is fine. Try it in reverse gear as well.
    Could be that your car has a dual mass flywheel and it is slipping a bit when wet. Mine has been doing this for 3 years, but the DMF has been checked and is perfectly ok.
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