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1998 ford escort 4cyl..5sp clutch slips in all gears ...RPMS shoot up 3500-4000+...car goes nowhere....shifter doesnt hang up or kick out of any gear/ no grinding noise...goes in & out 1 thru 5 & reverse smooth...initial idle on start little high

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It seems like your clutch plates are not closing properly. This could be a problem with the linkage, or the plates might be worn out. If you are not trained or experienced in doing your own transmission work, I would recommend taking the car to a transmission mechanic to have it serviced. The clutch plates might be stuck in the neutral position (to test this, put it in gear with no parking break on and try to push the car while it is off. If the car moves while in gear but turned off, then your clutch plates are not connecting, and you will need to have it repaired. If the clutch is connecting, the car will not move when in gear with the engine off, and it is more likely an issue with the linkages (but this seems unlikely from your description).
I recommend you take the car to a mechanic either way, to make sure that (even if you get the problem to stop for a short while) you will not get stuck on the side of the road somewhere. I know transmission work is expensive, but it is worth the money to be sure you are going to make it all the way to your destination every time.

Posted on May 26, 2011

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