Only two recalls of the Nissan Versa have occurred since the automobile's introduction in 2007. No recall has been for any clutch problems, but, according to Truedelta.com, some owners have reported problems with the clutch and Carcomplaints.com has listed several Versa problems that affect the clutch operation of the Nissan.
<p>Truedelta.com has reported problems with the clutch on the Nissan Versa. A technical service bulletin has been published by the manufacturer dealing with an extended crank during start-up and a squeaky clutch pedal. No reason has been reported by Nissan or Truedelta.com, but this squeaking problem can be attributed to a too tight adjustment of the clutch. The Nissan Versa owner should take the car back to the dealership to have the clutch readjusted to prevent this noise during operation.
The clutch on the Nissan Versa experiences premature wearing, according to Truedelta.com. Most of these reports about premature clutch wear have come from Nissan owners who drive in the city more often than on the highway. Since the driver must stop and start more often when driving in the city than on the highway, the Nissan Versa owner must engage the clutch more frequently, which builds up heat in the clutch disc. This excessive heat build-up causes the clutch disc to wear prematurely because the disc does not have time to cool down between clutching during acceleration and deceleration.
<p>Carcomplaints.com has reported that the 2007 Nissan Versa has transmission problems that cause the clutch to slip under loads, when accelerating or driving uphill. This clutch slippage problem has been attributed to the transmission input shaft seal leaking fluid. The deterioration of the input shaft seal can leak transmission fluid onto the clutch disc, causing the clutch to overheat as well as slip when the clutch pedal is engaged. The slippage in the clutch also builds up heat in the disc and pressure plate, creating more damage to the entire clutch assembly. Once the clutch begins to slip, the Nissan Versa owner needs to take the automobile to the dealership to have the input shaft seals and the clutch disc inspected.