Question about Hyundai Accent

1 Answer

Hard Clutch and 1st and 2nd Gear Shifting is hard

I have a 6 Months old car, 10000kms ran. I have hard clutch problem. and gear shifting is hard for 1st and 2nd gear.

Recently 20 days back got the second service done, they have replaced clutch plate etc.. After 1000 kms now getting this problem.

Posted by on

  • 5 more comments 
  • harsha_kodna Apr 17, 2009

    Let me explain in detail.

    After Car reached around 9000 kms, clutch was hard and it was replaced during the second service. after running 1500 kms vehicle brokedown and the reason was because of dry shaft lock got opened.

    After getting that corrected now again i am facing clutch hard and gear shifting problem again. This must be because of vehicle defect (or during second service clutch was not replaced properly)

    Hyundai says they have no warranty for clutch as it is a wear and tear part. and it will be usually because of wrong driving.

    The clarrification i required are,

    1. What is the relation b/w clutch and dry shaft? are they related and can one cause problem with other?

    2. Can dry shaft problem come because of wrongly replacement of clutch?

    3. First time it become hard after 9000kms and second time how can it become hard again in 1000 kms (even if assuming I am a bad driver and overused clutch, my driving would have improved during 9000 kms?

    I strongly believe either there is some defect in the car, or they have not properly replaced the clutch during second service.

    Please guide me so that i can fight with Hyundai.


    Harsha Kodnad

  • harsha_kodna Apr 17, 2009


    Thanks a lot for your answer.

    So i assume second clutch is not of my fault. I do not know anything internal about car expect driving it :)

    Let me explain the dry-shaft problem occurred:

    After stopping the vehicle for few minutes, applying 1st (or any) gear and releasing clutch, did not move the vehicle forward. Vehicle was like as it is neutral gear and accelarator being applied. some small crancky noise was comming. Hyundai explained this to me as Dry-shaft lock being got opened somehow (even though they did not give me answer on how it can happen on a 6 month old vehicle)

    Did the dry-shaft problem (for which hyundai had to tow my vehicle and repair it) is also because of clutch related issue? If not what made dry-shaft getting open?


    Harsha Kodnad

  • harsha_kodna Apr 18, 2009

    Thanks a lot.

  • harsha_kodna May 03, 2009

    Thanks a lot. I have visited the dealer it was the pronblem with clutch cable which had got skinned out. it was replaced free of cost

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    sounds to me like you are just hard on clutch's

  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    You are well within your warranty...bring it back and have it fixed!!! 10K and the clutch gone already??? That's a bit odd to begin with.

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    take it back for warranty



1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 20 achievements.


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.

  • Hyundai Master
  • 6,982 Answers

The clutch bearing is supposed to have a groove on the inside where it slides on the shaft That groove is supposed to have a heavy grease applied to it to prevent the bearing running dry on the collar it slides on.Regardless of your driving style, that grease is intended to remain there for the life of the clutch, (generally every clutch I have ever replaced still had some remaining lube there unless the bearing itself failed from a material defect which caused it to overheat and cause that grease to then run out of the retaining groove) I'm not there and can't see the old parts, but in my opinion the first clutch may have failed partially because of your lack of skill in using a stick shift vehicle but the second failure obviously is not your fault if the information you have posted is correct.
Good luck

Posted on Apr 17, 2009

  • Richard Scordino Apr 17, 2009

    I suggest that at this point you need to become informed about exactly parts you are dealing with.You can get an exploded view of your transmission from any auto repair manual at a local library or buy a vehicle specific manual such as haynes) The clutch will become"hard) if the component called a throwout bearing begins to seize on the extension that is part of the front transmission input shaft bearring cover. The throwout bearing has a hole in its center that slides back and forth on that shaft. Assembled, it looks like a metal doughnut sliding on an empty toilet-paper roll. (you may be calling that cover shaft a "dry shaft" as I outlined before, that shaft is not dry, but has grease on it that is contained in the groove on the inside bore of the throwout bearing. The shaft acts as a guide to keep the bearing in place. The bearing moves in or out when you press down/release the clutch, making the clutch itself operate.
    If that were to be run dry, the two components would eventually weld themselves together, then the pedal will get hard because the bearing can no longer slide back and forth as intended, then the clutch would fail to operate. If you continually keep your foot on the clutch pedal, you can cause the bearing to overheat and is intended to work on a momentary basis...when at rest, it does not contact the clutch and does not spin with the clutch..
    My problem with what you have said is that the "dry shaft has become open" This is not possible. However a drive shaft can come out of the transmission...but a driveshaft has nothing to do with your clutch. Or ,no more than a tire or wheel would. Therefore I believe that your shop is simply using the incorrect name for the part (check a parts manual and I'll bet they dont list that as a component) Even if not specifically covered under warranty, an extremely early failure of this part and clutch should be considered a defect by the dealer. (but I can't tell them their's only my opinion.

  • Richard Scordino May 03, 2009

    Glad that they took care of it...And there was no "dry shaft \" involved (sounded a bit odd to begin with) Well, if anything, you have learned a bit about your cars clutch, and did not have to pay!!! Sounds like a "win-win" to me!!!!



1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya Mechanic can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repair professionals here in the US.
click here to Talk to a Mechanic (only for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

2008 toyota Camry manual hard shifting from 1st to 2nd gear

With the engine off see if the shift between 1st to 2nd feel,s free if not it could be the cable check the clutch is disengageing all the way it should go into reverse without crunching,other then that it could be a synchro ring worn check that the gearbox has the right oil in it.

Dec 20, 2015 | 2008 Toyota Camry

1 Answer

Trans shifting problems

Try to adjust clutch if it is manual transmission.

Aug 30, 2015 | 1997 Nissan Maxima

1 Answer

I have a 2005 Saturn Vue, lately I've noticed my gear shift is super hard to shift into 1st & so on. Is it the cold weather, and if so, is there something i can do to make it manageabl

check clutch hydrolics to make sure fluid is not low. Try double clutching. When in neutral, push clutch in, then out and in again and try shifting into low.

Jan 07, 2015 | 2005 Saturn VUE

1 Answer

Gears really hard to shift 1990 toyota 4runner

pressure and clutch plate (clutch set) need to be inspected and probably replaced. be prepared for a transmission repair as well if the problem has been going on for months.

Mar 21, 2013 | Toyota 4Runner Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

Stick in 1st gear have to pull it hard all others are fine

There two possibility of breakdown in that part, one is the cable might have loosen up and needs some adjustment in the shifting stick gear base. A local mechanic can adjust it and check why it become loose.
The second is, synchronizer gear failure. That part is inside the transmission, it is made of brass, and the gear teeth might have worn out. To check it, needs to pull down the whole transmission and opening it to check the gears. Replacing that gear is a must!
That gear broke down when somebody forcefully shifting the gear in first without the clutch assistant.
Forcing your car to start at 2nd gear from stop will wear down your clutch assembly, so be very carefull don't over rev the engine.
Hope that helps you.
Thanks for using FixYa!

Jul 12, 2011 | 2004 Audi A4

1 Answer

I have Palio which is 3 yrs old.. my clutch is not working suddenly .. what should be the problem ? how much will be the cost of repair ?

Dear Sir,
As you said your clutch is not working , their two types of problem with clutch . one is when you press the clutch and shift the gear if gear shifting is proper but car not moving forward then it is problem with clutch plate assay, and if gear shifting is hard and not able to shift gear then it can be pressure plate or clutch fluid line . if 1st option is same for your problem then it will cost 100to 150$ or it is 2nd option then it will cost 50to 60$. if any issue please let me know thanks.

Jan 18, 2011 | 2006 Fiat 124

2 Answers

Grinding gears from 1st to 2nd, 3rd to 5 ok

Either your clutch is getting bad, or you're shifting down too soon, and up too late. Try double clutching. Push in your clutch and push it into neutral. Release the clutch, fan the gas pedal, push the clutch again and shift into 1st. All this does is sychronize the speed of the transmission with the speed of the engine. There were, in the 60's, a lot of cars with the old "three on the tree" that you had to do this every time, and you get pretty good at it after a while.

Jun 02, 2009 | 1995 Hyundai Sonata

1 Answer

I have a problem with a thm700r4 transmission. i rebuilt the tranmission my self because the clutches were burn but now i have a shifting problem with 3rd & 4th gear it doesnt shift past 2nd gear. it...

Check that the OD solenoid on the torque converter is good still. When the R4 wont go into OD you have no more gears than 1st an 2nd. If the OD clutch drum was relaced if it was burnt, that will make a problem also. You have to have OD in order for these babies to work right.

Nov 13, 2017 | 1984 GMC Suburban

1 Answer

92 Honda Accord, 5 speed, hard shifting into first & second gear.

First thing to do,try to pump your clutch before you shift into 1st gear then if you feel makes better, most probably you have problem with your hydraulic clutch system, check the clutch line if there is an evidence of fluid leaking or it could be internal leak.

Second thing to do, check your transmission oil, may be it' s too old or you use a thick oil thats why when cold its hard to shift then when the engine rich the normal temperature(warm) the oil become thin and the shifting will smooth. Remember the very old oil become thicken and the purity is gone and can cause of hard shifting. in this regards i suggest you to change the transmission oil and check the used oil if there is small peace of metals, then you are in big trouble,

Mar 08, 2009 | 1994 Honda Accord

1 Answer

2nd gear clutching

STOP Downshifting!
STOP Forcing gear change, watch the Engine RPMs and shift accordingly, HOMBRE's are as good as the operator's. Hombre's have dash shift indicators which illuminate when it's time to 'shift' and not before, This has nothing to do with gear oil either. If you've drained it, you best fill it immediately and make sure it's ample level. The heat these gears sustain in is inceredible, cooling lubricant is essential. Here's a tip, while engine is OFF, ignition key is engaged, dash is illuminated, depress clutch peddle, keep it depressed and walk through all gears with gear shift, shifting should be smooth and unpeded, including reverse. If resistance is experienced at one or more gears, gear alignment is off as a result of inproper gear shifting while driving. Continue to drive vehicle just shift slower until clutch needs replacement then do an entire drive shaft upgrade. It worth it, it's great truck.

Jul 25, 2008 | 1998 Isuzu Hombre

Not finding what you are looking for?
Cars & Trucks Logo

Related Topics:

1,197 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Hyundai Experts


Level 3 Expert

77499 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22306 Answers

Jeffrey Turcotte
Jeffrey Turcotte

Level 3 Expert

8826 Answers

Are you a Hyundai Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides