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Old August 14th, 2010, 11:35 PM
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tranny problems.. not the RuPaul kind

('94 with an LT77) I did a mild trail run last weekend and experienced some disconcerting tranny symptoms. During a moderate climb early in the run, I noticed that even though I was giving it more throttle, I wasn't getting any more power - just higher rpm's. Later in the run it happened again, only this time the climb was steeper and I lost forward momentum. I braked, re-shifted and tried to start climbing again and the thing just sat there like an automatic in park.. rpms, but no movement forward and no drifting backward. I had to back down that section. The rest of the way was down hill, and it seemed ok for that and the rest of the drive home. What's the consensus? Do I need to start shopping for an R380?

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Old August 15th, 2010, 12:23 AM
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Old August 15th, 2010, 12:41 AM
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No, didn't notice a smell at all.
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Old August 15th, 2010, 08:13 AM
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Old August 15th, 2010, 09:39 AM
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Sounds like clutch to me. My Austin-Healey did the same on a steep hill. The clutch didn't burn, it was just worn out. It had been slipping for a while, but that hill was the last straw that caused me to replace the clutch.
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It is pretty easy to test the clutch slippage on hard pavement, in a low gear, to see if it is a clutch issue. What is the mileage on the clutch?
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It is pretty easy to test the clutch slippage on hard pavement, in a low gear, to see if it is a clutch issue. What is the mileage on the clutch?
According to my experience, that should be a high gear. If you accelerate hard (well, my clutch slippage happened in an Austin-Healey), that's when you should notice slippage.

With a manual transmission, I don't see how the transmission would slip. It's more of a go/no go situation.
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Thanks a bunch for the input, guys. I think the clutch has ~90k miles.
My local wrench agrees that it sounds like the clutch.
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