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Old 06-07-2008, 01:57 PM
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cleaning clutch plate

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I'm asking this on a new post because no responses on my previous post. Looking to clean oil off a clutch plate (brand new). Have had brake cleaner reccommended. Is this the best way?

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Brake parts cleaner will be just fine to clean oil off of the pressure plate....but as far as cleaning it off of the clutch disc...I have never done any good with that...usually the oil pretty much soaks into...gets cooked into...and damages the clutch disc. I think it would be best to just buy a new clutch disc.
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Brake cleaner is what I use. Wash hands and try to keep finger prints off it too. Although thats probably overkill.
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Thanks! Hopefully it's not too oily. It's not slipping so it may be OK.
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A gallon of lacquer thinner will cost about the same as 2 cans of brake clean or carb spray and last a lot longer. Makes a great A/C system flush, driveway oil slick cleaner, overspray remover, ant killer and just about anything else you can do with it too.
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this is a transmission question
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this is a transmission question
Actually, it's a clutch question, but it's possible that he asked in the trans forum and did not get an answer. The trans forum can be, at times, kinda slow moving.

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ya well i did the same with a brake question and got yelled at got one closed and the other moved and a third hasn't had any response so why didn't this one get moved or closed
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Well, I honestly don't know. It was a very simple question and required only one or two simple answers for it to be over. Sorry if you feel picked on.

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Gotta be fair.

Moved to the T/R section.

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ya well i did the same with a brake question and got yelled at got one closed and the other moved and a third hasn't had any response so why didn't this one get moved or closed
I can only assume you are a young man with very little patience when I say to you: Let it go. You have been given all the answers to all the brake questions you have asked. What more do you need? Trust me when I tell you that you are getting off easy with your defiant, self serving, impatient attitude. Every moderator has seen your posts and would love to rip you a new rear opening. If you keep this up, you will get sanctioned for sure.
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Jeez, sorry if I started something, or was this going on for a while? Actually, I started in the engine section because my main problem was oil leaking out of the back of the motor, which lead to a problem with the brand new clutch I had installed.

Thanks for all the help everyone! I got the tranny out and in today, and I'm pretty sure I've solved the oil leak. I'll find out tomorrow on a drive to Victoria and back, about 240 Klicks (about 150 miles). I ended up using a used clutch disc I had to buy to get a flywheel to get turned, rather than the oil soaked one. (I need to have the car work done on weekends)
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Crownver sounds like you made the wise choice. If the friction disc absorbed much oil as soon as it gets hot that oil would've come back out and caused problems. Good luck with the project.
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I have, on a couple of occasions, used fire to get the oil out, but this was close to 40 years ago, when clutch friction material was asbestos, and not easily damaged by fire. We used to wipe off what oil we could, then let it soak in a pan of gasoline for a few minutes, then take it out in the driveway and light it. A few repetitions of this tended to get most of the oil to burn away, leaving the asbestos not as clean and pretty as it had once been, but serviceable.

One time I saw a guy use a propane torch to do the same thing to a brake shoe, but I can't say I'd recommend it. I don't know what they've replaced asbestos with as far as brake/clutch linings, but I'd be afraid it might not be able to stand the heat.
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here's what i'd do.
soak disc in brake clean or laquer thinner.
throw disc in bucket of floor dry for a week.
floor dry will "suck" the oil out of it.
it's worked with brake shoes for me...

but be prepared to buy a new disc if this doesn't work
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