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post #1 of 6 Old Mar 17th, 2014, 5:19 pm Thread Starter
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Clutch slipping above 6000 RPM

My 2009 LT with 27K miles on it started slipping clutch if I rev the throttle to above 6000 RPM. It is more noticeable at 4 and 5th gears. Is there anything I should do now or shall I wait to see if or when I will completely loose the clutch? Any opinions?

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post #2 of 6 Old Mar 17th, 2014, 5:21 pm
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Re: Clutch slipping above 6000 RPM

Very common problem. Get ready for a rebuild. I nursed mine along for about a year, but in the end you'll have to get a new clutch. I paid the dealer about $2,200 for the whole job.
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My 2009 LT with 27K miles on it started slipping clutch if I rev the throttle to above 6000 RPM. It is more noticeable at 4 and 5th gears. Is there anything I should do now or shall I wait to see if or when I will completely loose the clutch? Any opinions?
when the clutch is slipping it is generating a lot of excess heat in the clutch carrier which can cause damage to the friction surfaces also it destroys any rubber parts that are attached - seals

up to you how long you leave it but makes sense to repair earlier rather than later

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Re: Clutch slipping above 6000 RPM

To edit, when I say i "nursed mine along", that was with a deliberate effort to reduce slippage (use lower gears and higher RPM's). He is correct; you can cause additional damage if you don't change your driving habits and continue to ride.
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Re: Clutch slipping above 6000 RPM

You're at 4th and 5th gears at 6000 rpm? Slow down.

You're in for a clutch rebuild. Happened to me at 60K miles. Got so bad that even the cruise control wouldn't hold speed on the highway and disengage.

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Re: Clutch slipping above 6000 RPM

Find a concrete wall at 6pm during the work week - and place your front tire on it. Rev the hell out of that sonomabeach and slip the clutch in 2nd gear until it gets red hot, smoke starts coming from the crankcase, your rear tire is chirping and your final drive is puking gear oil.

Then, let it cool down overnight. You've just burned off all the accumulated "glaze" from weak titted, low rev shifts.

Problem solved. It worked for me over 10K miles ago... and that includes towing a trailer for most of them.

..and if not - the neighborhood kids got a good show. You'll forever be known by them as "that cool guy down the street".

Your local dealer will also benefit from the $3K you're about to spend to make it right again. You have nothing to lose. Resistance is futile.


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