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Squeaky clutch, burning smell & a stalling feeling

I have a 2008 Punto Grande 1.2 and while I was mostly fine driving to work this morning, occasionally as I had to slow down at a junction, my car felt like it could stall.

Then on the way home (a 30-min journey each way), my clutch was squeaking any time I pressed it, and when I eventually got home I could smell a slight burning smell. I say "eventually" as I had to stop at three different places to get all the groceries I needed, and the squeaking was really pronounced after the second one and I was wondering if it was going to break down before I got home!

I've tried to have a look on here but I'm not technical and I don't know what might apply to it. Before today, I had no problems of this nature. (or any of the three)

Can anyone help, please? Thanks.

PS. Luckily(!), I'm off on Monday and have no plans to drive anywhere tomorrow so I'm thinking I'll call the garage Monday morning. At least, if it breaks down now, it'll only be on the way to the garage. I had an MOT about a month ago and there were some advisories which I think involves buying some new brake pads so I don't know if that's the issue. I need to find the paperwork about that.
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Re: Squeaky clutch, burning smell & a stalling feeling

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I have a 2008 Punto Grande 1.2 and while I was mostly fine driving to work this morning, occasionally as I had to slow down at a junction, my car felt like it could stall.

Then on the way home (a 30-min journey each way), my clutch was squeaking any time I pressed it, and when I eventually got home I could smell a slight burning smell. I say "eventually" as I had to stop at three different places to get all the groceries I needed, and the squeaking was really pronounced after the second one and I was wondering if it was going to break down before I got home!

I've tried to have a look on here but I'm not technical and I don't know what might apply to it. Before today, I had no problems of this nature. (or any of the three)

Can anyone help, please? Thanks.

PS. Luckily(!), I'm off on Monday and have no plans to drive anywhere tomorrow so I'm thinking I'll call the garage Monday morning. At least, if it breaks down now, it'll only be on the way to the garage. I had an MOT about a month ago and there were some advisories which I think involves buying some new brake pads so I don't know if that's the issue. I need to find the paperwork about that.
It's possible that the brake pads have worn down to the metal. Get them checked asap. Squeaky clutch is hard to define. Potential stalling could also point to brakes binding and slowing the car down more than needed. get it to a garage and ask them to check brakes at bare minimum.
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Re: Squeaky clutch, burning smell & a stalling feeling

Sounds like the clutch release bearing is/has failed. Time for a new clutch!
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It's possible that the brake pads have worn down to the metal. Get them checked asap. Squeaky clutch is hard to define. Potential stalling could also point to brakes binding and slowing the car down more than needed. get it to a garage and ask them to check brakes at bare minimum.
Cheers for the input. That sounds dangerous, esp. with the brakes feeling a little spongy at the same time. I've no plans to drive anywhere else tomorrow, so I'll call the garage first thing and take it down, even if I just end up leaving it with them for the day until they can fit it in.

Just checked my MOT advisories and they were a couple of tyre issues, plus all four coils eroding. I don't know whether to just get them fixed now to save them breaking down again in future, but then again I didn't know this was going to happen with the brake pads.
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Sounds like the clutch release bearing is/has failed. Time for a new clutch!
Ouch. That sounds expensive.

BTW, is it just me or does the clutch release bearing kit look like an artefact from the Tomb Raider games?
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It'll be a 3-part clutch kit. Like the picture above. Make sure that fit a kit made by a company called LUK. It should cost around 110, with labour on top.
As for the springs, ask the garage. Yes corrosion will occur. One of mine snapped overnight, obviously wear and tear (potholes, speedbumps, rough road conditions), could of been a factor, fatigue in a the metal, or in my case temperature, a cold night in January.
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It'll be a 3-part clutch kit. Like the picture above. Make sure that fit a kit made by a company called LUK. It should cost around 110, with labour on top.
As for the springs, ask the garage. Yes corrosion will occur. One of mine snapped overnight, obviously wear and tear (potholes, speedbumps, rough road conditions), could of been a factor, fatigue in a the metal, or in my case temperature, a cold night in January.
Thanks. I didn't actually ask when I had the conversation on the phone as he told me the price, as it all went a bit quickly, but as it turned out it was a LUK (they only fit LUK, it seems) and it was 87.28 + VAT so that's about 105. Labour was 3.5hrs on top.

And because it was being done today, I got a free flux capaacitor thrown in!

Re: springs - what happens when they snap? Does the car come to a halt altogether or does it give you some indication beforehand? Ta.
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Re: Squeaky clutch, burning smell & a stalling feeling

Mine snapped overnight, while I was asleep, so nothing happened to me. Next morning, just saw some rust on the ground as I reversed off the driveway, didn't think much of it. As I drove off down the road, started to hear a rattling sound.
Obviously if a spring snaps when driving, you'll hear a loud bang. The danger is the spring will expand and could cause damage to steering linkages, suspension linkages, driveshafts and worse brake lines!
I was lucky it happened overnight and no damage to those parts mentioned.
If a brake line fails then you are in trouble!

Did the garage inspect them?
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