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2009 Versa Clutch Problem

Hi Folks,

First time poster on this forum although automotive forums are not new to me. I've got a 2009 Versa SL (6-spd) and for over 100,000km it has given me no problems, until this morning...

I started it and as I put it into gear there was a bang, the tires chirped, the car stalled and the clutch pedal stayed on the floor. I've been driving for 35 years and working on cars for 30 so my brain immediately went to "broken clutch cable". I've had it happen more than once. Not giving it much more thought, I drove home (yes, without the clutch) and pulled it into the garage. My next step was to head to my computer and see if I could find a clutch cable. Now I always assumed this car had a hydraulic clutch but the symptoms screamed cable. Of course, it has no cable. Up on jack stands now, all I see is evidence of fluid leaking from between the bellhousing and transmission. Nothing else amiss.

Here is the question. Has anyone had this happen? I suspect the slave blew up but the transmission needs to come out to determine that. The car has an extended warranty and it would cover the slave, if that indeed is the problem. My concern is getting a call from the dealer Monday telling me what the problem is and that it is not covered under warranty. At that point I'm on the hook for the labor to pull the transmission and, when they're to that point, on the hook for the repair and replacement of the transmission.

What say the experts?

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Im no expert but this doesn't sound good. Keep us updated.

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Welcome Dale! I didn't know the versa doesn't have a clutch cable. I had to replace it on my old 86 golf when the sheath split. I wish I could be more helpful. I would imagine your extended warranty should cover clutch and transmission but...? I bought an extended warranty a couple times that covered lots of things but not sensors [MAF, ABS, O2 etc] so I'm assuming you might be covered. Hope it goes well, keep us posted. 08v

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Welcome Dale! I didn't know the versa doesn't have a clutch cable.
IMO its why the clutch is so numb in these cars. I told my gf when I was (trying) to teach her to drive standard in my v that if she could learn on that she could drive pretty much any standard car, just because its kind of difficult without being able to feel the clutch take up.

OP: Had you noticed any clutch slippage before? It sounds like it might be screwed.. maybe the throwout bearing?

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OP: Had you noticed any clutch slippage before? It sounds like it might be screwed.. maybe the throwout bearing?
No issues with the clutch prior to this. The dealer service rep tells me the throwout bearing and slave are an integral unit which would explain the complete and sudden failure. I was just curious to see if anyone else had a similar experience.
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Did they say anything about it being covered under warranty?

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Did they say anything about it being covered under warranty?
The service adviser indicated if it was a slave cylinder failure it would be covered but if anything else failed it would likely not be covered. My issue now, of course, is if the slave failed, will they replace the clutch disc as a warranty item as well? The disc will certainly be contaminated and will have to be replaced...
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That's a big point. I'd ask them. What if its not covered though? Would you replace it on your own?

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By the time they get to the clutch they'll have the transmission out and might as well replace the clutch disc. They likely wouldn't even charge labor on it at that point. The clutch was fine and had given me no reason to think I was going to replace it any time soon. I don't abuse clutches and have had them last 200,000km and more. No reason to think this one wouldn't have done the same.
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My money is on slave as well. They better replace at the very least the friction plate. Those don't take to well to being wet. The pressure plate could be inspected and cleaned up.


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