IF YOU KNOW ABOUT CLUTCHES>>>GET IN HERE ASAP!

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by scarface, Apr 7, 2007.

  1. scarface

    scarface Guest

    400 miles ago I had a new centerforce DF clutch, new TO bearing, new pivot ball, new clutch fork,and a new pilot bearing installed in my cobra. Well from the second I picked it up I noticed the clutch engaged a hair(literally) off the floor, and I couldnt shift very fast at all.

    I just thought it needed to be broken in.


    Well earlier today I noticed a ticking sound coming from the pedal area, so my first thought was TO bearing. well before I could get home, I could hardly get it in any gear, and when I would put it in neutral and go to first or reverse it would jump like I wasnt pushing in the clutch all the way.

    I get it home and get it in the air, remove the cable access cover on the tranny....Geuss what falls into my hand A BUNCH IF BALL BEARINGS!!! I could also see what I believed to be about half of the TO bearing still on the input shaft.

    ****Heres the question of the thread****

    I noticed the clutch cable had almost enough slack in it to remove it off the clutch fork, shouldnt that had been tight?

    What could cause this bearing to get eaten up so quickly ???
     
  2. trav_19

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    i had the same clutch installed and you have to baby it for 500 miles i believe they told me because it needs to seat correctly....was there any hard playing or any playing in general??
     
  3. scarface

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    no, I was good. I had the same clutch in my 97 and it was way different than this. I had several people drive it and they agreed something wasnt right with it from the start.

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  4. I know about clutches...

    theres all kinds of clutches...

    You need clutches
     
  5. scarface

    scarface Guest

    thanks.
     
  6. no problem
     
  7. 97blackgt

    97blackgt Well-Known Member

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    arnt centerforce TOB's known for having problems?
     
  8. scarface

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    yeah, but I dont know if it is a centerforce TOB or not...the guy I bought it from paid the shop, so I dont have any receipts.
     
  9. 97blackgt

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    well if u found bearings than it has to be the TOB....the pilot bearing doesnt really do anything

    i cant think of how slack in the cable could cause any kind of failure though
     
  10. TRUUBLE

    TRUUBLE -Never Forget-

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    Adjustable quadrant or stock?
     
  11. scarface

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    all stock other than the clutch....Im thinking too much slack in the cable allowed the TO bearing to ride the pressure plate fingers causeing it to not disengage all the way, wearing it out fast.

    There is no way the clutch should have been where it was in the way of adjustments.
     
  12. TRUUBLE

    TRUUBLE -Never Forget-

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    I agree. Does the clutch cable adjust the way the 95s did? The old foot pull trick?

    You might give that a shot to see if it takes up the slack. But, it sounds like you're gonna be replacing the tob no matter what.
     
  13. scarface

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    I tried that pull up trick from the start...actually when I picked up the car from the shop.
     
  14. scarface

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    looks like I will be getting a firewall adjuster, quadrant, lcd slack adjuster, and a new TO bearing......at least I dont have long tubes this times around :)
     
  15. 97blackgt

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    does the old foot trick usually not work or something...is there any other way to manually adjust the clutch?

    i know when i installed my new clutch a few days ago it didnt feel like lifting up on the petal did anything?
     
  16. scarface

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    firewall adjuster and quadrant are the only other ways of adjustments
     
  17. 97blackgt

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    but usually the foot trick is enough to prevent your problem scarface?

    im just wondering because i dont wanna tear up my new clutch
     
  18. scarface

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    the foot trick you refer to is actually the factory way of adjusting....I knew this before, just didnt have time to get to it, but with any aftermarket clutch you should get a firewall adjuster and quadrant. I had this same clutch in my gt, and I had to get the adjusters to make it right. I just didnt expect it to eat the TO bearing in 400 miles :( I didnt even get through the first tank of gas...lol
     
  19. trav_19

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    wow you get over 400 miles to a tank :hitit: im lucky if i get to 200 miles lol
     
  20. Twista

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    Nto to hijack, but does this "pull up on the clutch padel" work on 97 gt's??