last updated – posted 2011-May-20, 8:44 am AEST posted 2011-May-20, 8:44 am AEST User #412510 154 posts. Check for a failure of the pressure-plate diaphragm spring. If it doesn't you have a hydraulic problem. This condition results when the clutch disc does not completely disengage from the flywheel or pressure plate when the clutch pedal is depressed. Cause - Chatter is often caused by: A used flywheel that was not resurfaced before installation of a new clutch. All service parts are OEM. I found another one in Dallas, extremely clean 41K miles 2001, LS1, black, six-speed. Have someone operate the clutch pedal for you - check whether the clutch arm moves about 10-12 mm. Clutch cable is loose or broken. Below is a list of possible reasons for the clutch failing suddenly. Getting to the clutch is a bit tricky, but once you do you should be able to tighten it without much difficulty. Even worse, the object can get stuck under your brake pedal with much dire consequences. Even a replacement clutch shouldn't make a noise. If your cross shaft were to wear or bend, then it may cause problems when it comes to pressing down on the clutch pedal. Clutch does not engage at all. Looking for leaks is simple as long as you can put your eyes on the hydraulic clutch components. Figuring out the problem and solution is simply the result of having the right knowledge combined with an intelligent, systematic approach. Sometimes you will see failure in the pressure plate in the mechanical unit. I found one in San Antonio, Tx. It uses dual clutch transmission fluid and the only fluids I’ve found so far that meet Ford’s specs are Motorcraft DCTF and Motul DCTF. To decrease clutch pedal free travel (raise clutch pedal), lengthen the rod by turning the adjusting nut. Each reason will have a different cause. Took it to my mechanic and he said it seems OK to him and to check further he would have to take out the whole transmission. On older mechanical linkages, lack of periodic lubrication can lead to high effort or binding in pivots or cables, or a pedal that does not return smoothly. The clutch pedal sticking, vibrating or appearing to feel spongey or loose. If it moves more than a … Clutch slipping simply means when your clutch is engaging and disengaging and no power is delivered to the wheels and as a result, the car will not move forward. Clutch Failure Symptom 5: Clutch Pedal Feels Loose or Spongey. If your clutch pedal feels loose or spongey, then check the release bearing or clutch fork for damage. A bad throwout bearing can be a major headache in stop and go traffic, making horrible noises every time the clutch pedal is depressed. Beginner’s guide: what is a four stroke engine and how does It work? Some vehicles have rather flimsy clutch pedal assemblies that may bend over time, or when used aggressively. Beside not engaging, or not disengaging, there can be other issues as well, such as noisy operation, or chattering on engagement. you can find it right behind the clutch pedal in the engine compartment. If it isn't hydraulic, then it means the cable let loose. Some clutches use a vacuum assist, much like the brake booster for the brakes. Many Jeeps also have an issue with a failed return spring in the clutch master cylinder. When you press down on the clutch pedal, the linkage multiples this force so that it can impact the pressure plate. The clutch release bearing will lose lubrication over time, which will wear out the bearing and make it more difficult for the bearing to spin. Should I have this checked out by the local ford dealer. This clip should sit on top of the diaphragm spring. Before diving too deep into troubleshooting, verify that your clutch pedal has been adjusted properly. What happens if your clutch slips? Clutch Slipping. Too much free pedal play isn’t good, either, because too much pedal travel is used up doing nothing: There’s not enough movement left at the bottom of its travel to compress the clutch springs and allow the engine flywheel and the clutch disk to separate. Binding in linkage or cable due to corrosion; Bent linkage; Seized slave cylinder; Seized throw out bearing; Failed pressure plate diaphragm; Failed friction plate; Clutch slips under load Below are some of the most common causes of a clutch pedal being hard to press down. It is not just a little loose, but it is so loose that it is movable side to side. Affiliate Disclosure:  We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Any ideas here? A clutch pedal is made for the driver to release the clutch and engage the clutch. clutch pedal, etc. If this rod were to bend, it may not travel smoothly through the clutch master cylinder. The push rod connects the top of the clutch pedal to the piston inside the master cylinder. Thanks in Advance. Joined Sep 4, 2002, hi guys, I have a weird ass problem w/ my clutch pedal. - A "vibration" or "reverberation" felt as the pedal is being released & the clutch is engaging. The following video explains a hydraulic system clutch pedal adjustments and its effect on clutch performance. To increase clutch pedal free travel (lower clutch pedal), shorten the rod by turning the adjusting nut. Each reason will have a different cause. If you can figure out this cause, then it will be easier to fix the problem. If it does you have a mechanical problem with the clutch. The one that sounds clunky or that you can feel the pedal clink on - that's it. If it isn't… If you have a hydraulic clutch release mechanism, check for: Air in the hydraulic system I was shopping around for a 2001-2002 Trans Am WS6 with manual transmission. But if the clutch pivot ball were to get worn out or damaged, the smoothness of the feel will start to fade. Your clutch pedal feels loose or spongy; Anytime you experience a loose or spongy clutch pedal, then examine if your release bearing or clutch fork is damaged. This will ultimately result in the inability to drive safely on the road. Check for a broken cable. It’s leaking some oil and mechanic has been saying for past 18 months that the clutch is on way out. If you hear weird car noises, especially when you’ve engaged the gear and are about to release the pedal, then this could be a sign of a failing or bad slave cylinder. At the moment it's still stock and I'm just a little over 90K on the car. For all practical purposes my clutch works fine. Because I noticed that the fluid in the cmc was very black, like dark green. 468 0. Open the clutch fluid resivoior then have a freind pump the clutch pedal and put new fluid in accordingly. A normal clutch pedal depression will feel nice and smooth. So I decided to move on the the next car. Don’t ride the clutch. Since you have the high performance version of a normal Focus, you likely have a stronger clutch plate to handle the extra horsepower. Pressing the clutch pedal causes the clutch disk to slip inside the the flywheel pressure plate sandwich. These assist springs also remove play at the top of the clutch pedal travel. 6. You might not think to look underneath the pedal because it probably won’t occur to you that this is the reason it is sticking. If it does, then the cause of the noise when releasing the clutch can be a poor fit of the clutch pedal, which can come from two sources: The disc and the flywheel are not well aligned. Put on a headband flashlight and turn it on. The clutch linkage consists of the many hydraulic or mechanical components which allow the clutch to function properly. Clutch pedal was hard before i replaced parts and still the pedal is hard. The most common cause of a dragging clutch is too much clutch pedal free travel. "Freeplay" is the distance, usually measured in inches or fractions of an inch, that the clutch pedal can be depressed before it starts to "work," or disengage the clutch. Found the shaft slightly worn where both pedal bushes sit. Check forums for your vehicle and reviews for the clutch you bought to see if this is a common experience. (b) Clutch pedal linkage binding or contamination of fluid in the hydraulic operating system. Hi, After i drive my Hyundai i20 for one hour, all of a sudden clutch starts becoming stiff and eventually, it will become so stiff that i cannot change the gear at all. In normal, modern stop-and-go driving, you probably press the clutch pedal in every few seconds. There’s a few good YouTube videos online that cover how to do it. Clutch Pedal Stays on the Floor. This is especially true if you’ve recently changed the clutch or the clutch master cylinder. The pedal setting is not adequate, making the disc slip. In this case, the throwout bearing, which responds to pressure on the clutch pedal by causing the disk to disengage, may go on spinning. Hello If you've changed the master / pedal cylinder and thoroughly bled everything and the pedal still looses pressure then it can only be the slave cylinder. Browse Recommended Tools & Supplies For This Build. While this is not a common issue, it’s possible for the push rod to bend while replacing another component, such as the clutch pedal assembly or master cylinder. 5. This will cause the pedal to have too much free play when depressed before resistance is encountered and the cable starts retracting, and will result in a clutch that does not disengage properly or all the way. Because of this problem, unable to use the car for long journeys. Warning: Do not attempt to start the engine and drive the vehicle with the clutch pedal stuck all the way to the floor. If the throwout bearing is allowed to revolve constantly in this way, it will wear out, which makes getting into or out of gear difficult. Clutch slave was also replaced and brake fluid flows unrestricted when system was bleeded. IMPORTANT NOTICE: We will be closed for the holidays on December 25. Loose Clutch Pedal? Friction discs wear and get thinner, and springs get weaker with time and use, which is why all clutches eventually start to slip. Frequently we find failure in the pressure-plate diaphragm spring in mechanical units. I test drove it but the clutch would lose the pressure and would not let me shift into gear. Aftermarket clutches are often designed to hold more torque than the clutch that the car was originally sold with. Tighten the locknut. Clutch drag or spin & inability to engage a gear when you press the pedal, resulting in a jammed driven plate. My Clutch Pedal Feels Loose. See if there’s anything wrong with those parts that could be mechanically limiting the clutch pedal travel. Clutch pedals that go from the rest position to full engagement, but stay on the floor and don't spring back up, indicate a problem. I would start by inspecting the clutch pedal assembly, clutch master cylinder, and slave cylinder for damage. I found one in San Antonio, Tx. This is a very common problem in Hyundai models. Even a replacement clutch shouldn't make a noise. Loose Pedal; Another easily discernible symptom of failing or bad clutch slave cylinder is if the clutch pedal goes all the way to the floor when depressed. Once the fluid comes out clean out of the tube, your done. Ok, I know you guys are going to feel sorry but here is my story. Loose clutch pedal car wont go into gear. If no leak, I’d guess the throwout bearing. Loose rivets. Once you understand what the parts are, and how they interact, finding and fixing the problem should be easy. If you have a hydraulic clutch release mechanism, check for: Air in the hydraulic system The clutch plate is sandwiched between the flywheel and pressure plate. A clutch that doesn't engage fully, or slips under heavy load, is the normal failure mode of a worn out friction disc of pressure plate that has lost its tension. If you ever need to press down hard on the clutch pedal, make sure there is nothing underneath it. Leaks on engine bay or the floor The clutch in a vehicle with a manual transmission is the mechanism that allows you to switch from one gear to another. Can anyone help me out here with some suggestions please? If the clutch is way out of spec, the clutch may be partially (or even fully) disengaged while the clutch pedal rests at the top of its travel. adjust it so the clutch will take hold about a couple of inches after it leaves the floor. The sudden onset of a slipping clutch usually indicates that an oil leak, or something else has contaminated the friction surfaces. I would bleed the brakes and the clutch, then see if the issue persists. Now when I engage my clutch pedal, the brake pedal goes down enough to noticeably slow my truck. The linkage is loose or broken. Ok, I know you guys are going to feel sorry but here is my story. This just started happening and does it periodically. If that’s the case, the clutch will still be partially applied when you shift gears. Getting to the clutch is a bit tricky, but once you do you should be able to tighten it without much difficulty. The cross shaft is a lever in the transmission that is responsible for transferring the pressure of your foot to the clutch release bearing, which disengages the clutch. The linkage is loose or broken. If you’re looking at a used vehicle with a heavy clutch, this may be one thing to ask the owner about before you decide to purchase the vehicle. My Mazda BT 50 ..4WD from 2011 the clutch pedal has always been relatively hard to push down ( I didn’t realise as had old Landriver Defender prior). These are not for primary clutch adjustment, but are to assure that the fingers come into contact with the release bearing at the same moment. Orders for printed manuals placed on or after December 24 will be shipped when we reopen on January 4th, 2021. All Digital manuals are available instantly after purchase! Some aftermarket clutch kits will stiffen the clutch pedal quite a bit, especially ones that hold more torque. Re: Wobbly Clutch Pedal Originally Posted by sikersh I drove my A500 to Autoworld over Snakes Pass and drove the GPA back the same way, just to see the differences and the GPA is soooo much more comfortable to drive, it doesn't bounce at all. Slippage that has caused the disc facing to glaze over, often caused by the clutch cable being adjusted too tight, or poor driving habits Release bearing inner surface was also lubed. That is because the hydraulic system has failed, if it is hydraulic. When you press the clutch, your foot counters the diaphragm spring which presses the friction disc to the flywheel. These are not terribly common, and you should be able to pop the hood and identify a clutch booster pretty easily if you have one. Frequently we find failure in the pressure-plate diaphragm spring in mechanical units. I plan on having this car for a long time and my knee hurts just thinking about it. But on occasion, the clutch seems to lock up and I can not press down on it at all…like a rock when I push on it. A loose clutch pedal can compromise your ability to control and steer your car. Abnormal clutch pedal behavior Abnormal pedal pressure is another symptom of a potential problem with a bad or failing master cylinder. If it does, then the cause of the noise when releasing the clutch can be a poor fit of the clutch pedal, which can come from two sources: The disc and the flywheel are not well aligned. Depending on the extensity of the damage, the leakage on the clutch slave cylinder could affect the overall feel and resistance of your clutch pedal. After driving in heavy traffic a few times I noticed I really have to put in a lot of effort to push the clutch down. Also, can a bad slave or master cylinder cause gear grind as well? The clutch is 2) Too much free pedal travel can cause the pressure plate to back off, but not completely, keeping in contact with the clutch disk even with the pedal pushed to the floor.This is the most common cause of clutch drag and the solution is to adjust the clutch to eliminate the free travel, trimming the bumper stop if … The pedal setting is not adequate, making the disc slip. If your clutch is starting to slip, you’ll need a new one. A loose clutch pedal can compromise your ability to control and steer your car. Clutch slipping simply means when your clutch is engaging and disengaging and no power is delivered to the wheels and as a result, the car will not move forward. Either way, unless your mechanic actually checked the cable and linkage, you might want to have another mechanic check it out. The following video explains a hydraulic system clutch pedal adjustments and its effect on clutch performance. Heavy clutch use / clutch-wear causes undue stress to the pedal-box [2 in diagram] and causes the plastic pedal-pin [8 in diagram] to snap / work its way loose. A worn-out clutch plate is what causes the slipping clutch. What is black ice and what to do if you hit it, Improper fit of throwout bearing with pressure plate, Binding in linkage or cable due to corrosion. Are you sure it’s the stock clutch or did the previous owner upgrade to a heavier duty clutch do to mods? If your clutch is too stiff, one of the simplest things you can check is the clutch pedal adjustment. Aug 27, 2003 #1. airbrat Proven Member. This often means your clutch pedal will take more effort to push down. The usual result is chattering, pulsating and vibration of the clutch pedal. The clutch pedal now just tangles loose holding no tention, none at all. horrible situation. User 412510. 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