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Clutch cable replacement
Cost to replace clutch cable
Manuals are super fun to drive, especially when you have a few mountains to climb.
But to have your fun on the hill climbs, the clutch needs to be happy and working at its very best.
If your finding it’s getting harder to get into gear or the clutch pedal has been feeling a little different lately, then it might be time to have a clutch cable inspection.
Clutch cables can stretch, get damaged, or wear over time. If you are up for a clutch cable replacement we’ll run through the expected costs, how it’s replaced and some tips to help you out.
To get a clutch cable replaced will cost you around $120 to $270, depending on your vehicle.
What is a clutch cable?
A clutch cable runs from the clutch foot pedal and through the engine bay to the fork on the clutch. Pressure applied on the fork disengages the clutch so you can change gears. This is done via the cable when you push your foot on the clutch pedal.
The cable is braided steel with a protective sheath cover. The cable can stretch over time and with extended use. There is no specific life span on a cable but it will usually need to be replaced at some stage during the vehicle’s lifetime.
Symptoms that the clutch cable needs replacing
- You can see that the cable is damaged, corroded or broken
- The clutch engages close to the floor and you hardly have to raise your foot before the vehicle is in gear
- The clutch doesn’t engage at all. You can’t get into gear or reverse
- There is no resistance on the clutch pedal - it goes straight to the floor without much pressure and stays on the floor.
- There may be more resistance on the clutch - it feels firmer than usual
- Your gears slip without any action on your part. The vehicle may change in or out of gear on its own.
- You may hear grinding in between gear changes
- If it's difficult to change gears
If you notice a change in how your clutch pedal feels or if there is a difference in how high or low your pedal is before the clutch engages, then it is a good idea to have an AutoGuru clutch inspection performed - a mechanic will let you know if your clutch cable needs to be replaced.
How is the clutch cable replaced
- The clutch cable will be unbolted and detached from any clips or brackets from the foot pedal to the clutch
- The cable will be pulled through the firewall out into the engine bay
- The new cable will be pushed through the firewall and bolted or clipped back into place at the clutch foot pedal
- The cable will be positioned back into place inside the engine bay and bolted or clipped back onto the clutch fork
- A clutch cable adjustment will be carried out to make sure the clutch is engaging correctly
- Vehicle is test driven to check for correct operation
Tips to remember
A new cable will have different settings so don’t mark the old cable’s settings, they will not be relevant.
Replace any old clips, brackets or bolts, and clean the area and grease components that need it while you are there.
It’s best not to drive the vehicle if you’re having difficulty getting into gear or slipping in gear. Other than the fact it will probably be causing wear on the clutch it’s not a safe driving option.
How important is replacing the clutch cable
If it needs replacing, then there is no real work around - you have to replace it and usually pretty quickly.
If you can still drive the car and the clutch cable is not operating to it’s best then you are likely to be putting extra strain on the clutch.
A clutch is not cheap to replace, so it’s best to replace the less expensive part now before you have two broken parts to deal with later.
Besides you want to be back in the mountains sooner, with more money in your pocket to cover the extra fuel.