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 Post subject: clutch problem???
PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 9:26 am 
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Hello (NOOBIE here). Are all these clutches so that you have to put the pedal ALL the way to the floor in order to get a good/easy shift (all gears)? On the pics of pedal cover mods there appeared that the clutch pedal was put to the floor (indentions in floor or cover) in all pics. On mine, 1995 Metro, 140,000 miles, in order to get good shift pedal must go all way to floor each shift (I"m 5'8" have 30 inch inseams, so in order to shift I have to sit TOO close to wheel AND stick out toe as if standing on toes) the clutch is adjusted to have approx 3/4 (owners manual says 5/8 inch before substantial resistance felt) It takes up approx 3 1/2 inches before top and has approx 2 1/2 inches from takeup to the bottom. This clutch has not to the best of my knowledge been replaced or any other major work done to this car. Is my clutch bad??? It takes up fine, no juddering, is smooth in its workings and does not slip, if it did I don't think I would get the mileage I am getting. I have driven cars trucks (1972 thru 2000) 20,000 lb thru 18 wheelers and NEVER HAVE DRIVEN any clutch like this one is on the shifting.


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 Post subject: Re: clutch problem???
PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 10:07 am 
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The clutch usually does not require full drepression to disengage.
Perhaps your clutch is worn down to where the rivets are causing some drag.
140k is quite a bit on the clutch.
Mine was worn down to the rivets in about 80k miles. (LA traffic)
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 Post subject: Re: clutch problem???
PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 12:34 pm 
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The clutch should be depressed all the way to the floor, however, because it's a cable clutch, you can pretty much adjust it to release where you like it.

I would not suggest that you adjust it to release too close to the top, because that creates a situation where there may be no free play and the clutch release bearing is in constant contact with the pressure plate fingers.

You might want to remove the cable from the vehicle and make sure it's properly lubricated.

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 Post subject: Re: clutch problem???
PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 1:54 pm 
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The cable is probably stretched at 140K. It can/will ONLY adjust so much. If the clutch is original, you'll look, I'm retarded be swapping that out too.
Follow the service manual for freeplay and you should be good.
Very easy to install a new clutch cable, too.



Let us know how you make out. :-)




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 Post subject: Re: clutch problem???
PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 8:06 am 
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Adjust the nut on the end of the cable so that there is no play, then loosen it one half turn.

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