Car not going into reverse smoothly


New Member
Hi All,
Hope you are well
I accidentally burnt the clutch last night. And when parking I couldn't go into reverse smoothly after this. However, this morning, I got in the car, checked online, one solution was pumping the clutch. After doing this there was zero problem with the car. I didn't try engaging reverse before pumping the car. May I ask why pumping the clutch is supposed to help?
I had just completed an oil and oil filter change last night and had the haldex changed a few days ago.
From this article, it looks like I have a bad clutch now:

I'm going to drive round the block to see if any issues arise.
If there are any issues I'll update here.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Kind regards,


Registered User
The clutch is driven by a fluid cylinder. It's possible this has been damaged given what you've said about the clutch.

Pumping the pedal will help keep pressure higher - when the cylinders fail they leak and won't hold pressure hence pressing the pedal doesn't release the clutch.
If you're replacing the clutch you should do the cylinder anyway.