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      08-09-2010, 01:38 AM   #1
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Exclamation Possible for clutch to be slipping at with less 15K miles?

Last week, my car was towed into service since the engine idler broke and the engine wouldn't crank. Ever since I got it back, I have been more alert about my car.

Couple of things, do our engines vibrate and "knock" when it first starts up and its idling? I notice every 2-3 seconds the engine would shake violently, as if the engine is knocking (like a premature explosion or retarding a cylinder). This dies down after 30seconds of idling.

Second thing, I noticed my car stutters when I mash the pedal at 80%. This happens when the car is already moving (can be at 40 or at 80mph) and the rpm is at a mere 3000rpm. At first I thought it was my rear tires slipping but I just got new tires put on the other day and its still doing the same thing. The traction control light doesn't come on and my M button isn't turned on (Default is comfort setting on everything). When I hard accelerate I can feel the transmission stuttering, then 1 second later the stuttering ceases. I do not do peels out or launch my car and I am not new to driving stick (I put over 120K on my old nissan with the original manual tranny before I sold it). I generally baby my car.

Can anyone relate or help explain why my car is doing this? I can easily replicate these events and I'm thinking I should send my car back to the dealer to have a tech experience this for himself. Thanks in advance.
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Update for those that are interested:

I took the car into the dealer and it turns out ignition coil on cylinder 1 went bad. That was replaced along with a new throttle actuator.

The car idles a lot smoother and I get instant power, no stutter, when do I rapid accelerations.
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hey

did the car throw any fault codes or did it just feel sluggish.
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did the car throw any fault codes or did it just feel sluggish.

That's the scary part. No error codes.

I'm glad I took it it. Tech was saying had this gone unattended, the pistons wouldve damaged my cylinder walls.

The difference is stark. I can drive the car so much smoother now. There's no initial jerkiness from stop to go. Car idles so smooth at lights now.
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