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 Post subject: Clutch Pedal Binding
PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 10:26 pm 
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Hi,

I have a 1994 Geo Metro, 3 cyl, 5 speed. Previous owner recently had a shop install a new clutch.
The clutch appears to work okay; the car runs and drives fine, but the problem is the clutch pedal.

It does not feel right. It feels and sounds like it is binding or dragging. I removed the pedal and greased the bushings and reinstalled the pedal and that did not help.

I tried removing and reinstalling the cable, which appears new also, thinking that perhaps the cable was twisted. That helped a little bit I think, but the problem still persists. The cable moves within the cable casing okay.

When the pedal is disconnected from the cable, it moves freely; no noise or binding. (I compared it to my 1993 Geo Metro, 3 cyl, 5 speed and it has about the same play in the pedal)
But when the clutch cable is connected to the pedal, the pedal is noisy and binding. It actually feels and sounds like something is grinding.
(The noise is from the pedal, not the tranny)

I thought the cable might somehow be rubbing against the firewall but I double checked that and it is not.

I have no idea what to try next. Looking for suggestions...

Thank you,
Les.

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 Post subject: Re: Clutch Pedal Binding
PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2012 1:11 am 
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Check to see if the throw out bearing is binding, and post a picture of your clutch arm coming out of the bell housing.

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 Post subject: Re: Clutch Pedal Binding
PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2012 3:57 pm 
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yep i agree with above. maybe the ring pin that holds the throwout bearing is bent, or the shop forgot to grease the shaft before installation ?
I had my clutch pedal bushing replaced, that fixed the play in the pedal but i don't think thats your issue.

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 Post subject: Re: Clutch Pedal Binding
PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2012 4:28 pm 
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Hi,

Thanks for the ideas. I was afraid I would end up pulling the tranny.
I will first swap clutch cable and pedal with my other car to see what results I get.
No need to post a photo. Looks exactly the same as my other car.

BTW, where did you get replacement bushings for your pedal?

Thank you,
Les.

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 Post subject: Re: Clutch Pedal Binding
PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2012 7:09 pm 
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check the bracket at the top of the transmission that (clutch arm), that the clutch cable attaches to, i've had one bend on me :huh: once. not sure why or how but i've been using a 95+ arm since.

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 Post subject: Re: Clutch Pedal Binding
PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2012 7:46 pm 
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feblock352 wrote:
Hi,

Thanks for the ideas. I was afraid I would end up pulling the tranny.
I will first swap clutch cable and pedal with my other car to see what results I get.
No need to post a photo. Looks exactly the same as my other car.

BTW, where did you get replacement bushings for your pedal?

Thank you,
Les.


The replacement bushings were created by a machinist.

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