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Factory-fitted or aftermarket heavy-duty clutch

Asked by Russell Clements

Recently, when towing a caravan with my Nissan Pathfinder ST diesel, which has done 105,000 km, the clutch starting showing signs of slipping on two quite steep hills. I could not replicate the slipping on the homeward bound trip on similarly steep hills and have not experienced any problems with the clutch when not towing. I believe Pathfinders are known to have weak clutches, is it time to have mine replaced, and if so is there an after market, more robust, alternative to the factory one? I will be towing the van up north for an extended break next winter and would like to be assured that at least the clutch is up to the task.

Answered by CarsGuide

25 Jan 2013 Graham Smith

If you've done 105,000 km on the original clutch, you've done well, but if it's starting to slip it's getting close to the time it needs to be replaced. The original factory-fitted clutch has done a pretty good job for you, so you could happily fit a new one, but there are aftermarket heavy-duty clutches available and one of those might be more suitable given you plan to do a lot of towing with it.

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