04 February 2009

If you have no understanding of manual transmissions, this post might be REALLY boring. But maybe not. Read on!

My clutch has been somewhat problematic since August. Lest you believe me to be a complete psychopath, let me assure you that I DID take my car in, and my mechanic found a leak in the master cylinder, which he repaired (or replaced? maybe?). And he cautioned that because of that leak, I would likely need to replace the clutch. Soonish. Maybe even right thenish.

AAAANNNNNDDDDD.......that was....five months ago?

I've essentially been driving my car with no clutch for over 6 weeks now. It's sort of awesome. Like, if you need to shift, you just sort force it from 2nd to 3rd gear, and if you're going the appropriate speed, your car won't object. It's a good exercise in listening to your engine anyways. Or if you're at a stop, you can't really idle in neutral (on account of that pesky lack of clutch). So maybe your engine dies, but you need to restart it IN 1st gear, as in, you need to start the car and have it instantaneously move forward. Which is neat if you're at a stoplight. Especially if you're not the first car. Or if you're on a hill.

I was trying to make it through on my sheisty FRIGHTCAR until I got my tax refund, but no dice on that (I want to go out of town this weekend, and I don't want to get stuck there), so I took it to my mechanic's last night. It was after hours, so I just left the key in the drop thingy with the note, "I think it might need a clutch replacement?"

I called this morning.

This is what he said:


So that's $600 dumped out of my world.

But, at least now I'll be able to drive my car like a normal person?

Rock on Wednesday.


  1. I feel for you. I had a manual transmission from 1985 until 1999...If you lived closer, I would make my husband fix it for you. For free.

  2. Holy Crap... The word "clutch" give me hives... I never learned to drive one and I have terrible memories of my father trying to teach me... ahhh!

  3. Definitely a 'Frightcar', that would scare the crap out of me. I'm glad you're getting it fixed even though it sucks to hand over the cash.

  4. I had a friend living in Santa Cruz whose own "frightcar" was so bad he wouldn't drive Hwy 17. He'd go up 1 to Half Moon Bay and drive over 92 - even just to get to San Jose. 92 is just as curvy and steep as 17, but it was shorter, so I guess his logic was that at least he'd have less distance on the hairy stretch of the drive.

    It was bad logic to say the least.

  5. crackers. i hate dealing with cars and i HATE spending money on a car.

  6. Ouch. That's a chunk of change. Listen my dear, by managing to graduate and put words together on this blog, you have probably outreached 90% of my community college students.

  7. I hate taking my car to the mechanic b/c I never know when they're screwing me! Of course I guess I could just try and fix it myself... nah, better to be screwed.

  8. Yeah this is another reason why I drive automatic. I don't know how to work that clutch thingy.

  9. As the story goes, my father-in-law burned through seven clutches before he finally got the hang of driving a stick.


    He's a horrible driver.

  10. Every car I owned was a standard until the last two, and I almost bought one again. Nothing beats driving a standard; that is, if the clutch actually works.

    It sucks to have to spend that kind of money on a car for any reason other than buying the actual car! So sorry.

  11. I miss having a manual transmission, especially in my state, where it snows, and gets icy. I miss downshifting. Next car I get I swear is going to be a manual trans.