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    Hi everyone, my car came back from re MOT cost me £300 to get it through, and I literally get given the keys, in the middle of reversing it out and the clutch goes-I think its the clutch, because theres a terrible grinding noise and the car doesnt stall when i take my foot off the clutch. I am really pissed off to be honest! How much is a clutch and does it sound like this? I have no choice but to pay up, because Im expecting a baby in 4 weeks and have no other way of getting to the hospital which is 25 miles away and my partner needs it for work.
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    Its really expensive. How much is your car worth? Might even be worth getting a new car altogether. Take it back to the garage - does you MOT not come with a guarantee?
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    what car is it ?
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    (Original post by KayleeLand)
    Its really expensive. How much is your car worth? Might even be worth getting a new car altogether. Take it back to the garage - does you MOT not come with a guarantee?
    The MOT does not really check that the clutch is not going to go bang. And the MOT is only a certificate that the vehicle is roadworthy at the time of test. Not two minutes, or two months later.

    OP, What car is it on?
    Modern cars have hydraulic clutches, older ones have clutch cables. Something could be wrong with the cable/hydraulic mechanism rather than the clutch plate.
    Clutches are only expensive due to the labour required to remove the engine to fit a new one.

    Does the car now not work in any gear?

    I cant afford to buy a new car, i have to fix this one if i dont i will have lost a lot of money. its a 2000 1.8 TD Ford Escort.

    It doesnt work in any gear.
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    Does the pedal *feel* any different to how it did before? (easier/harder to press down?)

    Looks like it will need a mechanic to take a look at parts which will require serious disassembly
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    My fingers are crossed for you
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    your not really giving much info, what does the pedal feel like? has it had past gear problems, ever gone in for any previous gear work? etc... so it's kinda hard to work out how much its gonna cost ya

    Hi everyone mechanic just been round, its the front left hand drive shaft that has snapped in half-so hopefully not a huge amount of money if i can get the part second hand.
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    ooo thats good, would be much cheaper now...
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    You should take it up with the garage. If they missed it in the MOT then it's clearly there fault and they should take care of it for you free of charge. You might want to check out trading standards website to find out what your rights are in the matter.
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    (Original post by Brad.Hancox)
    You should take it up with the garage. If they missed it in the MOT then it's clearly there fault and they should take care of it for you free of charge. You might want to check out trading standards website to find out what your rights are in the matter.
    How's it the garage's fault? An MOT is a series of tests, not a guarantee that there's nothing wrong with the car. Until emissions test came in you could MOT a car with no engine, would you complain to the garage when that doesn't go?!
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    (Original post by Brad.Hancox)
    You should take it up with the garage. If they missed it in the MOT then it's clearly there fault and they should take care of it for you free of charge. You might want to check out trading standards website to find out what your rights are in the matter.
    Vehicle identification number - a vehicle identification number must be permanently displayed and legible on a vehicle first used on or after 1 August 1980

    Registration plate - condition, security, legibility and format of letters/numbers

    Lights - condition, operation, security and correct colour. The headlamps will also be checked to see if the aim is correct

    Steering and suspension - correct condition and operation

    Wipers and washers - operate to give the driver a clear view of the road

    Windscreen - condition and drivers view of the road

    Horn - correct operation and type

    Seatbelts - all seatbelts installed are checked for type, condition, operation and security. All compulsory seatbelts must be in place

    Seats - front seats secure. Front and rear backseats can be secured in the upright position

    Fuel system - no leaks, fuel cap fastens correctly and seals securely. The fuel cap will need to be opened. Make sure the key is available

    Exhaust emissions - vehicle meets the requirement for exhaust emission. These vary on the age and fuel type of the vehicle

    Exhaust system - complete, secure, without serious leaks and silences effectively

    Vehicle structure - free from excessive corrosion or damage in specific areas. No sharp edges

    Doors - open and close. Latch securely in closed position. Front doors should open from inside and outside the vehicle. Rear doors may need to be opened to gain access to testable items

    Mirrors - presence, condition and security

    Wheels and tyres - condition, security, tyre size and type, and tread depth. Spare tyres are not tested

    Brakes - condition, operation and performance (efficiency test). Suitable vehicles will be tested on a roller brake tester. Vehicles such as those with permanent 4-wheel drive will be tested either on a suitable road using a properly calibrated and maintained decelerometer or, if one is installed at the test station, a plate brake tester


    Not tested

    Radio - correct stereo sound functionallity

    Clutch

    Gear knob
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    They should have noticed anything wrong with the driveshaft or surounding parts and issued a refusual of MOT or noted it as an advisory - although it depends what caused the shaft to snap there may have been no noticeable probelms... Were you still at the garage when it happended, did you go back in and tell them? It will cost you about £200 inc labour to have a replacment drive shaft fitted.
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    As little as £40 if you do it yourself.
    As much as £350 if you're paying someone else to do it. (Although, I hear it's £1000 to change the clutch on an Aston martin Vanquish. )

    I'd try one of those Dr clutch places.
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    (Original post by JC.)
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    As little as £40 if you do it yourself.
    As much as £350 if you're paying someone else to do it. (Although, I hear it's £1000 to change the clutch on an Aston martin Vanquish. )

    I'd try one of those Dr clutch places.
    I'd say thats pretty conservative for a Vanquish clutch?

    I have nothing to back it up but I'd imagine at least £12,000 for a whole new clutch assembly.

    No advisory was noted on the drive shaft-no my mechanic takes it away to a very good local garage for it to be MOT'ed. It happened after he left and I needed to pop down to sainsburys, i am annoyed but i suppose its just bad luck, im just going to have to swallow it and pay up. I am off to a salvage yard tomorrow, they have a loose one for me to have a look at, could be a lot cheaper, but won't find out until tomorrow. The only thing is if I get it off a old car, will it not be more likely to break again? would it be better to go for a new one?
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    Depends on how much is left on the second hand one but clutch is not that expensive for a new one so i'd go for a brand new one.
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    id get a new part, not from ford, but somewhere like partco or sumat. i once got let the garage get me a 2nd hand drive shaft, ball joint in it had gone within 2 month.
 
 
 
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