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  1. Siva
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  3. Tuesday, June 05 2018
I have an i20 2013 Petrol model driven 48K. Last week i traveled in a hilly area with full luggage load (Occupied 2nd row as well) . Unfortunately there was some accident in the hill road and traffic piled up for more than 5 kms. I drove inch by inch in 1st and 2nd gear, some places i used handbrake to avoid car going back and then released clutch & handbrake at the same time to climb the road. I am not a superb driver, just learning the skills.:(

Because of this, my clutch overheated, become very soft, sticky and stopped engaging gears at some point, simply RPM raises but car does not move. I observed the burning smell as well. I stopped the car for 10 minutes. Started again, now car is able to move but clutch not as normal, It was too sticky. As it was late evening and hence i don't want to get struck in hill, so i drove the car for another 25kms with this problem and stopped on a safer zone.

Searched for a mechanic but not able to find one. It was almost 30 mins i stopped the vehicle now. I thought let me take the vehicle to my home (another 150kms) then tomorrow get it to the service center. But now when i started the vehicle, surprisingly the clutch become normal and i don't see any problem in engaging gears. On next day also, i dont see any problem, so i did not take it to service center till now.

I shared the same with my friends and they advised to change the clutch plate as it may troublesome in future. Can you please clarify me few things,

1. Clutch overheating and back to normal, Is it an expected one or advisable to change the clutch?
2. If i have to change the clutch, how much it may cost?
3. Is it covered under insurance (I dont have zero dep)
4. I am the second owner, when i enquired with first owner, he said, he has changed the clutch once around 20K as he drove the car in water slogged area in 1st and 2nd gear which resulted in clutch burn. Hyundai service center mechanic as advised to change the clutch and it was changed. I have cross checked and it was an genuine replacement.

Thanks in Advance.
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Hello,

Clutch Heating is a rare phenomenon
Its like, unless driving real bad then only clutch gets heat up
For Hill drive - In such cases - one can put car in 1st Gear - and release Clutch without a need to actually press accelerator
If driving in a way with Hand-brake up, pressing accelerator and clutch pedal simultaneously - the Clutch gets slipping beyond a limit impacting the clutch with much faster wear

Now as you observing that the car is okay

Suggest to take an early morning drive tomorrow and drive at
> slight higher speed
> Pickup from moderate to higher speed

If the car feels okay to drive with RPM matching in speed, clutch working fine - you are good to go
Hope should help !!


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Siva Accepted Answer
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Thanks Admin
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Rudy Degabriele Accepted Answer
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I have the Hyundai i20 coupe 3dr hatchback 2016 and have exactly the same problem... it happened first 4 weeks a go... i was driving in the afternoon in the heat and my car stopped with the same problem of yours.. gear goes in properly , revs will go up but the car doesn't accelerate. Ps my car has 20,000 km

I went to Hyundai Malta as i bought it brand new from showroom 3 years ago and the car is still under guarantee and told me that the car has a problem with the master cylinder. I waited 2 weeks for the part and told me that my car is ok now and i can pick it up.. today after 2 weeks back with my car the same problem happened again.. car stopped left it for 30 mins then went back and the car became normal again... :( :(
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I have an i20 2013 Petrol model driven 18K. Today i am facing the same problem. My car is stationary for last one month so i started the car today plan to reach office by car. My Office is 45 km far from my home. When i am 2km far from my office i realized that my clutch is not normal & when i pressing it, the same cant upward automatically. There were so many car in my behind knocking the horn loudly. I was feel jitter in the jam. Again i started my car & 1st gear up but car is not moving now but after few second its moving, because of the clutch doesn't work properly. After same kind of trouble i reached office safely(damn lately:( ). I am worried what happened to my car so i called to the service centre they told me first they will check & let me know & costing estimation be around 6K.
After 2 hours i was visit my office parking & started my car and gear up, i am surprised my clutch working perfectly.

1.Can anybody tell what is the reason for the trouble this happen for the first time with me????
2. Should i vist to service centre?
3.This Problem has been occur due to stationary of car?


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Raj Accepted Answer
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I am experiencing the same problem with i20 2013 Petrol model driven only 6K. Was this a common issue/ defect with 2013 i20 Petrol mode?
Issue reoccurs only after you drove for more than 45 mins or more in traffic and hilly areas where you may have to switch gears. Very unreliable since it just stops in traffic
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Abhijeet Accepted Answer
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Well I brought a used i20 and it had the same problem .
This problem comes when the car stands still for months or you just drive your car ones or twice a month.
The only solution is to change both the clutch cylinders at same time .
It will cost you 950 for lower cylinder and i amnot sure about cost for upper but it is bit costly and break oil is also to be filled.
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I also have an i20 pertrol car and this problem is an existing problem in this vehicle. The other day I took the vehicle after a long time. Initially there was no issue the drive was good. I got a call and I stopped the car to talk (engine was on gear engaged and clutch was pressed). After talking on the phone when I released the clutch the car did not move. I called a local mechanic and he told me what the issue is. The clutch cylinder at the bottom of the engine gets expanded and this makes you clutch hard when pressing. Then he put some water on the cylinder and also some break oil. After about 30 minutes I was able to start my vehicle and return home.
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Hello Hyundai Car users : I have an i20 Asta (petrol) which is a 2011 model and I too had the same issue and now having the same issue. I later discovered that this is typical issue on Hyundai cars after discussing with some folks. This is mainly caused due to failure of the Master cylinder and the Slave cylinder in the Clutch actuation assembly. incidentally, I understood that whenever, the car takes a long drive or exposed unused in hot climatic conditions for a long time without use, this problem occurs. Typically, I was given to understand that the cylinder actuation stops or becomes sticky due to heat which causes this issue. This problem vanishes when we switch off our car and let the car engine and the transmission areas cooled for a while (between 10 min to 20 min). If you encounter this issue, you may have to cool the car for a while and keep driving. My advise is, you can probably drive for about 30 min with A/C off, stop when the clutch becomes sticky. The failure mode is like when you apply the clutch, change the gears and try to release the clutch, you will have a strange clutch release feeling where the car never moves either forward (or even reverse). It is better, you drive back slowly to your home or your nearest mechanic and get these cylinders replaced. Incidentally, I too had this experience about 4 years back and observed this after driving about 400 km with 4 people in the car. By practicing this switching off - cool - switch on process, I managed to return home and handed over this to Hyundai. They got these cylinders replaced and the car was perfect. After about 4 years, in hot summer in Chennai, the car is parked in hot sun in my open parking slot and due to Pandemic, the usage of car has become almost nil and hence the problem has started again. I exactly know that the cylinders have failed and i need to get them changed in a day or two. Its a shame on Hyundai to have this design issue and not sure if they have a solution by now. I am not also sure if other car models have a similar issue. I dont also remember the replacement cost - but should be somewhere about 12,000 for the set including labor cost. There is no investigation required to my knowledge or there is a need to suspect the clutch plates. I also recommend that when there is a need for replacing the cylinders, better get them changed as a pair. Good luck !!
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Same issue here with a Hyundai i20 (2015 model). During the Pandemic, we hardly used the car, and after a couple of weeks, when we started using it the clutch pedal got really stiff, We made it to home but couldn't engage gears. Once cooled, the clutch operated normally. The other day we drove and there was a lot of traffic and the clutch pedal got sticky / stiff again.

I called the local Hyundai dealer / parts / service and they told me that the master / slave cylinders have to be replaced. They confirmed that they have this problem with other owners, and they have addressed this issue to the Hyundai HQ, however there's no fix other then replacing the cylinders. I live in a hot summer as well to top it all!
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Hi All,

I have an i20 Asta Petrol, 2012 model and facing the same issue with the clutch after not using the car much during the pandemic.

I have gone through all the responses above from various members and it seems this is a common issue with Hyundai i20 clutch system due to long periods of inactivity or hill driving and the only solution is to get the Master and Slave cylinders replaced.

Since the pandemic is far from over and the car usage is likely to be minimal in the near future, therefore should I wait for the pandemic to subside completely and normal life to resume before getting the Master and Slave cylinders replaced ?

In other words if I get the Master and Slave cylinders replaced but the car remains stationery for long periods, will this problem reoccur despite the replacement of cylinders ?
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