I have a stick shift 2003 Ford Focus with close to 95k miles. Last week, the car started bucking at low RPM when it’s in gear. It happens in all 5 gears, but less violent in the higher gears. To describe the bucking, imagine you’re coming to a stop, and you forgot that you’re still in fifth. That’s kinda what it’s like - as if it’s ready to stall, but catches itself.
Since this doesn’t happen when I’m in neutral or at higher RPMs, I’m guessing it’s nothing to do with spark plugs or timing belts. Since it happens in ALL of the gears, I’m guessing it’s not a gear going bad. My deductions leave me with the clutch.
I’ve had this car for a while, but I hadn’t grown up with manual trasmissions, so I don’t know a ton about them. I’m hoping somebody here can help out a bit. Also, I know that the clutch is more of an assembly, so I’m wondering what PART of the clutch may be going bad.
BTW, I’m also keeping in mind that the clutch may not be the issue at all, so fire away!