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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Oct 6th, 01, 09:06 AM Thread Starter
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Ok guys my clutch seems not to be disengaging. I was told the clutch was not slipping and was good. So i replaced the slave today and it still isn't working. Is it possible for the clutch to still be grabbing fine and need to be replaced? Please help me out. because i don't want to replace the clutch if i don't have to because if i replace it and that doesn't work I am out of money. any help would be great.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Oct 6th, 01, 03:08 PM
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Do you know of any adjustments in the linkage. I know the system is hydraulic but there is linkage between the pedal and master cylinder and between the slave cylinder and the fork. The slave cylinder linkage does not apply if the cylinder is inside the bell housing and has the throwout bearing connected directly to it. Look for any adjustable linkages associated with the clutch release system. What are you working on? If you don't have a manual, it would certainly help. Has the car been wrecked? I suppose that it is possible that if the car was wrecked, the linkage between the master cylinder and the pedal could have been "adjusted". I wouldn't think that would be likely though. Get a manual and look for some adjustments. For some reason, you have too much free play. A manual should have the specification on that as well.

Also make sure that the entire hydraulic system is bled completely. Start at the master cylinder and work your way, bleeding at every junction, to the slave cylinder. Good Luck
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old Oct 6th, 01, 03:21 PM Thread Starter
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From what I see in the manual there is no adjustments in the pedal or anything. the slave seems to be pushing out like it should. from what i am thinking and what others have told me I am now thinking that there is something wrong with the pressure plate or slutch disk.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Oct 7th, 01, 08:18 AM
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You didn't say what car you are having trouble with.
Your pressure plate bolts may have come loose.
A piece of disk lining may have torn loose and folded over making a high spot.
Is there a hole in the bottom of the bell housing that you can see the edge of the clutch disk?
If not, drill one and have someone operate the clutch pedal and see what is happening with the pressure plate.
On the old style clutches you could see the edge of the disk and put a feeler guage in between the disk and pressure plate.
You should be getting about .030" clearance.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Oct 7th, 01, 11:16 AM
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As the pressure plate is released off the clutch, the throw out bearing pushes down on the fingers to release the clutch. The fingers have a pivot point to work from and one side of the pivot point can break, and the clutch will not slip under power, but also will not completely release to be easily put into gear. If you pull the PP out and lay it on the floor with the fingers facing up you can easily see that the fingers are uneven if that is the problem.


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