1996 Ford Probe 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Manual 156000 miles
"Hi!This is Phillip Chambley. I have some questions to ask about my car? The other day I was driving down the road and suddenly my clutch" completely went out?" Before then, it had been working great! With NO noise and NO slipping, absolutely NO past problems, whatsoever.
At first, it was stuck in gear, and then the clutch suddenly started going to the floor and NOT coming back up, making a "whirring sound?". By the time I got it to the repair shop, aprrox. 10 miles away, (running mostly in first gear at 3,000 rpms, because I had NO clutch). The clutch pedal was all the way to the floor and finally the engine was making a "Rattling sound?", But was NOT running hot.
My mechanic said something about the pressure plate rattling, I believe, I'm just not for sure? He also said it looked the hydraulics were working okay, he could see the peddle arm rocking back and forth. ("Whatever this means?").
He states the COMPLETE clutch assembly and possibly other surrounding parts will have to be replaced?
1. My mechanic tells me that sometimes a clutch will "go out with NO warning or any symptoms at all?" Is this true? Please elaborate on your answer? (I've been driving manual transmissions for over 40 years? I've NEVER seen this happen?).
2. How can I honestly know if he is telling the truth? What do I look for in the in these "so-called worn out parts once he has finished the repair job?"
3. He also tells me this is about (12) twelve hours of labor to replace by his computer rates? Is this true?
4. His minimum price so far has risen to $680.00 including parts and labor? And this depends on what else he will have to replace, making the price that much higher?
5. In your opinion, what other parts would need to be replaced for a clutch that's NEVER had any symptoms, problems or noise in the past? "I honestly, think this is just weird after 40 years of driving manual transmission vehicles for a clutch to completely go out this fast within 45 minutes of driving with symptoms of a BAD vehicle clutch?".
6. How can I tell if this master cylinder clutch is low on fluid? Where is this particular part?
I've been driving this 1996 Ford Probe for about (3) three years and so far has been a "Great sports car to drive!" With very few problems. Your ELABORATE answers will be greatly appreciated,
Sincerely. Phillip Chambley.
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Monday, July 27th, 2009 AT 5:43 PM