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Old 05-22-2016, 03:08 PM   #1
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High rpm in first gear with little change in speed

Hey all, I tried searching everywhere for a similar problem but wasn't able to find anything so forgive me if this was asked before.

When I gas up in first, the rpm goes up, and when it gets passed 3000-3500rpm, it doesn't accelerate as much as it did from 0-3000rpm. The rpm goes up but the speed more or less stays the same at that point. I usually shift in to second before that happens so I was just wondering if that's normal? Also when I'm in 5th gear doing around 80, rpm is around 3600, maybe it's just me but that seems kinda high. Any tips/comments will be much appreciated, thanks!
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Old 05-22-2016, 03:42 PM   #2
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How's your clutch, any slippage? Get the car in a high gear at a slow speed and accelerate, if the rpms go up and the car doesn't go any faster it's clutch time.
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Old 05-22-2016, 03:49 PM   #3
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What do you mean by slippage? Like the clutch doesn't grip properly? As for high gear low speed, when I'm on the highway, I don't down shift often, I usually slow down, then right back up in 5th and it picks up pretty good
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Old 05-22-2016, 04:13 PM   #4
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If the clutch friction material is badly worn the engine will accelerate faster than the car, sometimes enough that you can smell the clutch burning. Try starting out in third or fourth, if it doesn't stall out easily the clutch is slipping. It's the only part of the drivetrain that would allow for the symptoms you describe.
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Old 05-22-2016, 08:43 PM   #5
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I hate to be this guy but isn't this stick 101. I know that my clutch is just starting to slip and I am starting to get some homework done simply because this is my first e46 I've had all types of other cars and I put an 8 # flywheel and a stage 3 clutch in my Acura Integra ls was awesome And everything I see says that a similar setup with these cars is a bad idea I live in a smaller city and do a lot of back road driving any ideas? P.s. I don t mind a stiff pedal
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