Car will start, but won’t move

Asked by Nov 16, 2015 at 06:08 PM about the 2005 Honda Accord LX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

2005 Honda Accord lx 5 speed manual 98k on mileage

Car RPM’s jumps up and down while steadily driving 60mph in 5 fifth gear
the other day. Kept driving another 5 mins and out of nowhere lost all
acceleration. Pulled over, car will start but won’t move.

Have some mechanical background, just not too confident as this may be a
big issue. Assuming first troubleshooting steps, tow car home, inspect
fluids, clutch linkage, cleaned or replaced slave cylinder and master cylinder,
and everything is as should be. But car still won’t move. While on jack
stands, and engine was running, I noticed that front tires are slowly steadily
spinning.
I assume possible pressure plate issue or flywheel. But to isolate my
problem further, I also had car running and took my foot of clutch while in
gear and car stayed idle, didn’t sputter or anything. I also, was able to
change gears without using the clutch pedal.  

I now am 90 percent sure it’s my clutch, am i wrong? I plan to take the car to
local auto shop if thats the issue, but if I’m wrong, is a dealer best choice in
case I have multiple issues. I don’t want to pay the extra thousand dollars a
dealer will charge me.

4 Answers

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I would agree that you need a new clutch. Be sure and turn the flywheel too. Dealers charge way too much and don't do any better work.

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I second that. Clutch. But do complete, pressure plate, disc, pilot bearing, throwout bearing. The disc is what wears out, it is the actual coupler between flywheel and pressure plate that the transmission spline goes in to. If you try to save a buck skipping any of those, you will regret it, and have to start over. Sure, the wheels will spin slowly when not on ground, but that does not mean it will move car. Best of luck -- And Good afternoon FoR

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Oh, and I just noticed the part about dealer. No way. No franchise chains either for that matter, Aamco, Mieneke (sp)? An independent shop is best deal

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I appreciate all of your feedback. Thank you

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