Clutch problems are fairly common for old cars that have been driven for thousands of miles. If you continue to use your aging Ford Probe with a clutch that's nearing failure, you're putting yourself in a very dangerous situation because this is an accident's waiting to happen. It's important that you're able to detect the symptoms of an assembly needing a replacement to avoid this kind of situation. The following are some of the common problems that tell you that it's the perfect time to get a clutch kit for your Ford:
Slipping is one indicator of a failing clutch. This happens when the friction material between the clutch disc, pressure plate, and flywheel is excessively worn. These parts don't create enough grip for maximum performance. These only barely touch but not to the point where complete contact is made. You can tell that your clutch is beginning to slip if you feel that the car shakes and jerks every time you change gears. Another sign is when it feels as if the engine's working too much to provide needed power even at a very low speed before it eventually dies. All these indicate that it's time to buy a new clutch kit.
If slipping is the loss of contact between clutch components, sticking is when the same parts don't disengage even when the pedal's stepped on and the clutch is supposed to be released. One surefire way to tell if the one on your Ford is experiencing this is if the car continues to creep at a low speed even when the clutch pedal is pressed. It's as if the gear's still engaged.
The worst symptom of a bad clutch is if the assembly perpetually doesn't engage even if the pedal's free. This is the upgraded version of a slipping clutch. It's like the components are stuck in place or simply don't want to completely mesh. You can tell that your Ford's suffering from this when it really labors to go uphill or move forward when creeping. If your car also dies easily with little to no trouble, then the clutch has failed you.