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Engine revs but power not transfered to car

I have a 1998 Toyota Corolla. It is a manual transmission. My issue is when I step on the gas in order to accelerate to merge with traffic on the interstate the engine will rev but the power is not transfered to the car. I have to let up on the pedal and then reapply more conservatively. I am not mashing down on the pedal. This occurs even at the mid position. I have had my car tuned up. Fuel system flushed. Air filter changed. O2 sensors replaced. Catalytic Converter replaced. All this prior to my issue. Is there a problem or is this ok?

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  • irishgem60 Dec 02, 2008

    Clarification: 154,000. I went out and drove my car again tonight to get some more details. I was on the interstate, cruising at 65mph. When I stepped on the gas pedal to accelerate to 70 the engine rev'd and once again the car did not accelerate. I waited until the reving stopped, reapplied the gas, and then the car gradually sped up. This does appear to happen mostly when I am in 4th or 5th gear. I also noticed it when I had the cruise control on and the car tried to speed up on its own to maintain 60 mph.

  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    How many miles is on the car?

    You probably need a clutch replacement.



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If you notice you are needing to add oil occasionally then most likely your rear main oil seal is leaking into your transmission and oil is getting onto your clutch causing slippage.
Get this fixed and it should stop.

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Yes i would agree sounds like clutch

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Hi, It sounds like your toyota is in need of a clutch replacement. 

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