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Clutch Problems! Help!

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hey there! i recently took my 2002 boxster S to the porsche dealership to get the 50k mile service done. when i picked up my car the tech told me i will prob. need to get the clutch replaced. now-how will i know when it is def. time to get this replaced and how long do you think it can last? what problems should i be making sure to look for to know somthing is seriously wrong? also- my clutch is not semi-hard to press in compared to a VW golf i have driven before. this is normal i figured b/c a porsche is a high performance car compared to a VW. is this correct? only twice.. since i have had the car... the clutch wouldnt let me in first gear and also the 2nd gear has grinded a couple of times. i have had the car for 3 years now. if you could please help me i would appriciate it greatly! thanks alot! -Amanda

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You will definately know when it is time for a new one when it starts to slip in higher gears or going up a steep hill. This is when rpms increase but your speed does not. A little like tires spinning in snow, where you can tell the motor is spinning faster but the cars speed is not increasing. Other than that I don't think there is a way. You can buy your kit online and have an independent install it for a total outlay of less than $1K.

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The clutch in the Boxster is a sports car clutch so it will be a little harder to push. The clamping force is higher than most other cars and you are pushing against that force. If it gets harder over time, you probably need to bleed the slave cylinder and/or lube the guide tube.

Btw, we have 82K miles on our clutch and it's still in great shape with good pull and sliding nicely, but it all depends on how it's driven.

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