The clutch on some 2006-09 Pontiac Solstice models may not disengage properly when the ambient temperature is below freezing. According to GM, the problem usually occurs following a heavy rain or snowstorm, and is due to moisture entering the clutch housing and freezing between the clutch plate and flywheel.
Allowing the clutch assembly to thaw in the shop and installing a new water deflector shield, part No. 25875802, at the air inlet grille panel to prevent moisture from reentering the clutch housing is the proper fix.
"Factory Fixes" is written by Jim DePalma, a 30-year veteran of the auto repair business who has served stints as a service manager, parts manager and ASE-certified technician. His column provides vehicle manufacturers' authentic factory technical service bulletins (TSBs) that have been condensed for easier reading. Mr. DePalma advises that techs always check with a dealer or repair information system for the latest revisions before starting to work on a vehicle. He can be reached via e-mail at [email protected].