Anyone with car knowledge - HELP!

Just got in my car and the clutch is causing problems. I can basically lift it all the way up without putting my foot on the accelarator and it won't stall. When I put my foot on the accelarator it will only do about 15mph even though my foot is to the metal.

Question is, is the brake and clutch connected? I only ask because Kwik-Fit fitted new brakes last week and the car's felt a bit sluggish since then, especially on the motorway. Is this coincidence or could it be the fitting from last week that's caused a problem?

Any help is appreciated.
Thanks

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Chances are the clutch wear plate has gone, and is unrelated to brakes.

i agree doesnt sound like brakes, id hate to imply that kwik fit did something to your clutch to get you back in but i would not put it past them. :whistling:

I agree that it is likely, in fact very likely, that you need to replace the clutch. Just before you do, make sure that the clutch is cable operated and not hydraulic. If it is hydraulic, make sure that the reservoir is full of fluid.

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Sounds like they've messed the brakes up causing them to lock against the discs :thumbsup: at least I know you've got enough money to get a new clutch going to quick fit for brakes and all.

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lumoruk;1468266

Sounds like they've messed the brakes up causing them to lock against the … Sounds like they've messed the brakes up causing them to lock against the discs :thumbsup: at least I know you've got enough money to get a new clutch going to quick fit for brakes and all.


Defo not the brakes if the car doesnt stall when in gear with clutch out and no gas.

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Cheers for the replies. I only went to Kwik-Fit last week because I need my car for work and they were the only ones who could fit them there and then. The price they charged was scandalous.

Work are going to go loopy when I tell them I can't make it into work for the second friday on the spin. I wouldn't mind if I was lying!

It looks like I'll be phoning round local garages in the morning before slowly driving to one who can sort it asap.

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csiman;1468288

Defo not the brakes if the car doesnt stall when in gear with clutch out … Defo not the brakes if the car doesnt stall when in gear with clutch out and no gas.



I meant Kwik fit aren't my first port of call for anything mechanical. They only know how to do brakes, exhausts and change tyres doesn't take a degree! If they were any good they would be working for a proper garage :roll: In our kwit fit they have a GIIRRRLL working there as a mechanic! and no she can't balance tyres, have to take cars there for work.

lumoruk;1468948

I meant Kwik fit aren't my first port of call for anything mechanical. … I meant Kwik fit aren't my first port of call for anything mechanical. They only know how to do brakes, exhausts and change tyres doesn't take a degree! If they were any good they would be working for a proper garage :roll: In our kwit fit they have a GIIRRRLL working there as a mechanic! and no she can't balance tyres, have to take cars there for work.



My girlfriend used to work at the car parts store in Halfords and it's crazy how sexist people are when it comes to cars - wasn't unusual for people to just out-right demand that they be sent to a man.

Funny thing was she knew what she was talking about more than a lot of the guys there, so the question often ended up getting referred back to her.

The other comments about Kwik Fit are true - I've heard soooo many bad stories.

When i studied Car mechanicss (Motor Vehicle engineering) there was a female on our course.
I can't remember if she was any good, but she had a fantstic rack(not steering).

Your clutch is slipping and needs replacing, if it's a cable you can adjust but most cars with cable have self adjusting so probably at its limit, with hydraulic, unless you have a leak, check seals, you're needing to make appointment at garage, what car and year ?

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It's a 2001 Peugeot 307. Think I'm going to admit defeat and await my fleecing from a local garage.

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take it to a specialist clutch centre for free estimate

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csiman;1470217

take it to a specialist clutch centre for free estimate



I would do normally but the car is struggling to move from 1st gear and the nearest centre is 14 miles away.

Just been quoted £199.75 inc VAT from a local garage. Going to have to bite the bullet.

That sounds about right, I got a new clutch just before christmas from a garage I know and they charged £190. Apparently mine is a slightly more specialist clutch so your price sounds reasonable. As a reference, it would have been £170 for a regular Ford KA etc, I have a Zetec fiesta hence the price difference.

Oh, and the brakes can affect the clutch or vice versa, the hydraulic fluid for the brakes and clutch on my car are both from the same reservoir.

RickyBobby;1470758

Oh, and the brakes can affect the clutch or vice versa, the hydraulic … Oh, and the brakes can affect the clutch or vice versa, the hydraulic fluid for the brakes and clutch on my car are both from the same reservoir.



This is the case for most cars, it is so that if you were to lose hydraulic fluid, your clutch would go 1st.

If you look, you will see that the highest outlet is the clutch, the brake outlet will be below this.
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