The engine of your car is sophisticated, it is not always easy to understand all the symptoms it sends us. However, it is totally fundamental to try to stay on alert for the slightest sign of weakness in your vehicle to limit the risk of serious problems. If you have the feeling that your clutch is slipping on your Nissan Qashqai, you’re right to have started investigating. It’s a defect that must be taken into account quickly, otherwise you could end up with an unusable vehicle. To help you in your approach our team has decided to compose this guide which should allow you to see more clearly and make the right decisions to avoid aggravating the issue and confirm that it is indeed the problem you are victim of. To achieve this, we will first take a look at what a slipping clutch on Nissan Qashqai is and how to check that this is what is happening to you, and then, what steps can be taken to correct the issue.


What is slipping clutch on Nissan Qashqai and how to detect it?

A Nissan Qashqai with a clutch that slips

The clutch of your Nissan Qashqai is the part that allows your vehicle to shift gears. It is located between your gearbox and your engine. It is the part that comes into contact with the flywheel which is located on the engine side and which will receive the power transmitted by the clutch. With wear, the clutch of your Nissan Qashqai slips because it is made up of notches that engage in the flywheel, and with wear and friction it wears out. It is said that the clutch slips when its teeth are too damaged for it to engage on the flywheel.

How to detect clutch slipping on an Nissan Qashqai?

There are different methods to identify that the clutch of your Nissan Qashqai is slipping. You can carry out all of these checks on your own.
You can simply identify that your clutch slips when you accelerate and your engine revs up, but your car does not speed up, you may as well encounter a burning smell.
To confirm the first observation, you can stop, pull the parking brake, engage the first gear, accelerate moderately by releasing the clutch of your car delicately, if your engine motor rises in revs but the Nissan Qashqai remains fixed it is the sign of a dead clutch.
Finally, you can put yourself, still in third gear, with the handbrake on, and by releasing it, your vehicle should stall, if not, your clutch is most likely dead.

What should I do when ever my clutch slips on my Nissan Qashqai?

Limit the wear of your Nissan Qashqai clutch

We will right now give you some tips to limit the wear of your clutch and avoid your clutch slipping on your Nissan Qashqai. Firstly, it is wise not to leave your foot on the clutch pedal, whether or not the pressure you apply is very light you will pre wear the clutch release bearing which will sooner or later end up in a complete change of the clutch kit. An additional point not to be neglected, do not over-accelerate when you start, your acceleration must always be adapted to the velocity of your engine motor. If you are at a standstill accelerate slowly, if you are at medium speed accelerate gradually when you release the clutch pedal of your car so as not to make it slip against your engine flywheel.

Replacing your Nissan Qashqai clutch

Finally, in this last part, we will address the repair part. In case the clutch of your Nissan Qashqai is dead, you may be stuck at a standstill and have no other choice than to contact the tow truck, because a dead clutch no longer allows the transmission to transmit power to the wheels. If this is the case, take note that you will have to replace the complete clutch kit, this repair needs quite a few hours of work and is approximated to cost between 500 and 1200 euros based on the engine and the garage.

In the event that you have any additional questions about the Nissan Qashqai, do not hesitate to consult our Nissan Qashqai category.