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Scion xa high rpms/slugish??

by Famesjanko / December 29, 2017 2:01 PM PST

I was driving to my house in the mountains(going up hill) and I was in fourth but it didn't feel responsive and I would push on the gas and the rpm would go really high but barely increase speed. so I tried the other gears which also felt similar, sluggish acceleration and high rpms. The last hill to my house is steep and it barley made it up in second at 4-5 thousand rpms. I stoped in neutral at my house and there was a really terrible burning almost plastic or something smell. I assumed from such high rpm. The neutral idle was 1.3 rpm which seems higher then normal. The next day drove it down the hill and felt a little more responsive but probably because I was going down hill. Any help is much appreciated I'm a student who prays my transmission isn't bad or something gotta get to class and I'm broke.
Thanks for listening!!

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you pegged it
by James Denison / December 29, 2017 2:10 PM PST

Transmission. If automatic, be sure to check fluid. Also may need a filter change. If a manual, check the clutch is fully engaging. If so, then clutch is probably burned. Manual is cheaper to fix.

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Transmission
by Famesjanko / December 29, 2017 2:15 PM PST
In reply to: you pegged it

It's an manual

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Now that you wrote manual trans.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 29, 2017 2:21 PM PST

Bad clutch system. Could be springs, plates or other. When it slips that badly you have to baby it home. When it slips a lot of heat is generated which makes the repair cost climb. At first maybe a new clutch of adjustment but when overheated you are into springs, plates and such.

Get estimates.

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