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Old 10-11-2008, 11:10 PM
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Signs of clutch wear?

Any symptoms to look out for? Approx. mileage assuming (mostly) normal driving?

I ask because my clutch occasionally "moans" as I let it out... Usually only in 1st and 2nd gear. I am the 5th owner (ewww! :sour:) so I have no idea what the first 55k miles were like.
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Re: Signs of clutch wear?

well if driven by a person who knows how to drive a manual (someone who doesn't slip or smoke the hell out of it when taking off) for most of it's life and it doesn't get too much abuse (like 5000 RPM clutch dumps) you should be able to get an easy 100k miles out of the factory clutch, but you'll deffinately be able to tell the difference between a new one and one that is worn...

oh and the moaning could just be the throw out bearing...
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Re: Signs of clutch wear?

best way to tell if your clutch is bad is to drive upto about 30mph and put into 5th gear..if your car picks up speed your clutch is ok..if it takes its sweet ass time its time to think about getting a clutch change.
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Re: Signs of clutch wear?

91 and R8 are both correct. Also, if the clutch is not actually damaged from abuse and you are wondering about normal wear out, it will slip out a few times before it is urgent to be replaced. When it is on its last leg, you may get a solid week or 2 out it where you have to really feather first and second gear for it to catch properly.

If your exceeding 100k miles and you are the 5th owner, I would suggest looking into replacing it anyways.....along with the T-belt and a few other items that are due for maintenance at this point.
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Re: Signs of clutch wear?

Aight cool, makes me feel better. Just hit 59k on my lude, so all that should be good for a while. I may be getting a new clutch in the forseeable future anyways.
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Re: Signs of clutch wear?

Can a clutch be replaced yourself or is it one of those leave it to the professionals with expensive/special tools type job?
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Re: Signs of clutch wear?

It's a fairly involved process. I'll probably have a professional do it, or one of my car expert buddies help me through it.
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Re: Signs of clutch wear?

me and my dad replaced it in a weekend

all by ourselves no knowledge of how to :D
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Re: Signs of clutch wear?

Did you need any special tools? Do you have remove the engine?
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Re: Signs of clutch wear?

we had some regular socket wrenches with various metric sizes, an engine hoist which isnt actually required. let me see if i can find something real quick

this is what helped me:

flywheel to crank is 76lb-ft. PP to flywheel is 19lb-ft. (Torque specs for after replacing)

take the battery out.
take intake out.
take wheels off.
take shifter cables off.
take VSS out.
drain tranny fluid.
unhook reverse light wires.
rent a BJ separator, take the shock fork off, unbolt the LCA's.
take radius rods out, and unbolt the subframe (trust me on this, it'll save you hours and hours and hours of cursing, bitching, kicking, and screaming cuz you're gonna think you can squeeze the tranny in/out between the front and rear subframes)
pull axles out. take intermediate shaft out.
unbolt tranny from block, rear mount, and tranny mount. drop the tranny. install in reverse order.

what my dad and i did was once it was down to unbolting the tranny, we used the engine hoist to hold up the tranny, and put a jack under the oil pan to hold the motor. we lowered the tranny slowly with the hoist onto some cardboard and pulled it out from under, then when the clutch was replaced we slid the tranny back under and lifted it back up. it was a really easy process.
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Re: Signs of clutch wear?

here are some good reference threads too

http://preludezone.com/showthread.php?t=7837

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