My '97 Civic Ex is experiencing clutch slippage so I'm looking for a
reputable shop to do the repair work.
Has anyone had experience with "Wallace Automotive" in Richmond, VA?
I've been told that some "bearings" and the "clutch plate" needs replacing.
I've taken it to a couple of places and they've told me that it will take a
day or two (8-10 hrs) for about a $1,000.
Is this reasonable?
Thanks in advance,
The car has 123K miles. When doing a semi-hard acceleration, the engines
RPMs increase, but the car doesn't goes faster. After a few secounds it
slowly start accelerating. You can "feel" the clutch slip.
Are you familiar with any shops in Richmond?
Are you revving it too hard before the clutch has fully engaged? In
my experience OEM Honda clutches slip badly and aren't for racing.
When they heat up they'll slip even more. I once took my Civic on a 3
hour drive to Virginia Beach beatin the shit out of it the whole way,
and when I finally got there my car just stopped going even though I
was stepping on the gas because the clutch was slipping 100%. Had to
roll it off the interstate and then wait about 10 minutes for the
clutch disc to cool off before I could move again. I could smell it
burning (clutch material smells kinda like burning hair, but worse).
Got it switched to a performance clutch and flywheel and I can do
some serious clutch popping and hard launches with no problems.
If you go for a hard launch (or any kind of launch) and you feel the
clutch slipping let off of it right away (don't rev it harder).
Chances are it will get progressively worse. Take it easy on your
clutch for a while.
Ah, there is where you are wrong. Here one can take note of the time,
location antics of a driver, licence plate and lay a complaint with the
police. They will then locate the driver and lay charges, for what was
observed and reported. So pay attention to the job at hand when you're
operating a vehicle, the same ability might be available to your neighbours.
As a professional driver with many miles under my wheels without an incident
of any kind. I have to say that I have seen a lot of stupidity by small
vehicle drivers that have caused a lot of death and destruction, just
because they were operating without due care and control of their charges.
What you have to say, doesn't amount to a very high pile of crap at all.
Okay... so we have a contributor who says he is a professional driver (a
credible claim - there is nothing rare about that) and another who admits to
speeding as a regular exercise, thinks 400K is a long driving record and
replies "Professional driver. That's funny shit man." Who is the more
I'm not a pro driver (although I have recently been putting 1000 hwy miles a
week on my company truck... northern Arizona is a pretty large service
area), but I certainly passed the million mile mark some time ago. Long
before that I decided speeding is a fool's game; increased risk of
unspeakable horror without tangible gain is not smart.
Every experienced driver has known at least one time he or she wished with
all of his or her heart to be going slower or that the brakes would stop
quicker. Why on earth would somebody deliberately throw away the opportunity
to make that come true?
Sure, maybe you're right, but it's not his place to judge me. Even if he
is a professional driver, I have many friends who are "professional"
drivers, with sponsors and the whole 9 yards. They don't judge me. If he
thinks I'm going to just up and slow down because he's a "pro" he can
eat a dick. And the comment about women drivers was uncalled for.
Anyways I'm out of this thread.
I appreciate everyone's inputs. The car is a 97' Civic EX with 123K miles.
The questions I need answered are:
1. Does anyone has a suggestion for reputable repair shop in Richmond, VA?
2. Has anyone had experience with "Wallace Automotive" in Richmond, VA?
3. Is $1,000 a reasonable charge for Clutch plate and Bearing replacement?
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