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.