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Old 07-18-2007, 10:30 AM
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Clutch woes.............

I have been having problems with the clutch in my 82 Trans Am. It has a 350 backed by a Super T 10 4 speed, which uses the 10.4 inch, 26 spline clutch. The car sat for 4 years until April, and I have been driving the car occasionaly since. The clutch was out of adjustment a little, so my cousin adjusted it for me (it has a manual linkage, not hydraulic). He said he moved it about an inch or so. Pedal was high then. Now I have been noticing the pedal is low and hard to push, and even when the clutch pedal is on the floor, it does not release fully (car still moves forward). Gears are hard to change also. I think the shifter is shot also, but the clutch has got me stumped. Is it out of adjustment again, or should I replace it?

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Old 07-18-2007, 10:47 AM
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Before changing the clutch, you need to check every moving part of the linkage and the pivot point for the pedal.

Sounds like something is binding as well as some wear someplace. I've seen nasty wear on the cross shaft rod holes & attaching rods.
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Before changing the clutch, you need to check every moving part of the linkage and the pivot point for the pedal.

Sounds like something is binding as well as some wear someplace. I've seen nasty wear on the cross shaft rod holes & attaching rods.
Correct and this being a diaphram clutch, it needs to be adjusted with a feeler gauge to ensure full release after linkage condition is verified.
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Just to update, I got under the car and re-adjusted the linkage rod to the clutch both ways, and now the clutch dosent even dis-engage. The clutch fork is loose and moves up and down slightly (maybe quarter of an inch or so). Does it sound like I'm going to have to replace everything?
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Adjust it so there's about 3/4" of easy travel at the top, before it tightens up and actually starts pushing on the clutch spring. You can feel this better with your hand on the pedal instead of your foot.
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I've been trying to adjust it further, but it is adjusted as far as it will go (no more room to move forward on the rod). Worried that this clutch is destined for the chitbox............

Looks likeit's time to take it back off the road.
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