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Old 03-11-2012, 04:17 PM
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Just double checking to make sure this is a clutch problem

Well after spending the last 2 days doing my struts, I was driving back to AutoZone to return their spring compressor tool; taking off from the red light the car shifted just fine from 1st into 2nd, going into 3rd and into 4th there was a little of resistance on the shifter. When I downshifted into 2nd to pull into AutoZone I had to really force it into gear. Pulled into the parking space and when I forced it into neutral there was a loud "clunking" noise and the car stalled out.

(Side note before I finish the rest)
About 5-6 months ago I had the auto-manual transmission swap done at a local shop. We used an Exedy Stage 1 clutch that I purchased off of Amazon.com. The mechanic also bypassed the ignition so that the clutch does not have to be pressed in to start the car. New master and slave cylinders purchased from AutoZone were put in, and we used a steel braided clutch line that was custom manufactured by a reputable hose and pipe fitting shop near by.
(I just wanted to list these in case they may have lead to the problem here)

Anyways, after a couple cigarettes and some obscene cussing while waiting for my brother to show up; The car starts fine but will not go into any gear with the clutch engaged. Didn't see any fluid leaks, the clutch pedal doesn't feel loose or anything, and the slave cylinder seems to be functioning when I press the pedal.

I was able to force the car into reverse while the car was running and without using the clutch, which resulted in a horrible grinding noise. I immediately forced it back into neutral and shut it off. My experience with clutches in minimal but from what I've read it sounds like a throwout bearing possibly (which from what I'm reading sounds to be a common issue with Exedy clutches). I towed the car back to the shop who did the swap for me and their going to open it up tomorrow. I just wanted to see what the experts had to say here so I can get an idea of what's going on before I spend more money on the car. Thanks a ton guys.
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Old 03-11-2012, 07:13 PM
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Re: Just double checking to make sure this is a clutch problem

could be bent forks on the pressure plate causing the clutch not being able to disengage the engine from the transmission.
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Re: Just double checking to make sure this is a clutch problem

When you have the car at idle and you push the clutch in and let it out, you should hear a slight change in tone (easier to hear with your door open). This can tell you if the clutch is engaging and disengaging. Did you notice this at all?
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When you have the car at idle and you push the clutch in and let it out, you should hear a slight change in tone (easier to hear with your door open). This can tell you if the clutch is engaging and disengaging. Did you notice this at all?
To be honest I don't remember. I've got the car over at the shop now so hopefully they'll check that first thing in the morning.
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Re: Just double checking to make sure this is a clutch problem

When the car is off, and you press the clutch in, does it go into all gears fine?
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I was able to get it into gear with the car off, but I had to really force it.
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Re: Just double checking to make sure this is a clutch problem

Well the shop got back to me and said the clutch def. failed and it looks like it was a defective part. They said it didn't damage anything in the transmission, which is good.

I emailed Amazon about the warranty and they told me they will only do refunds/exchanges within 30 days of the purchase date and that I should get a hold of the manufacturer. Emailed Exedy and they want me to mail them the clutch so they can assess the damage, but that they have had a lot of issues with Amazon selling imitation clutches that aren't made to the exact specifications and that what happened to me sounds like the common tale of those imitation ones.

So to get something in a hurry and from a real store, I'm basically looking at the Duralast one from AutoZone for $199, or the Sachs one from ORileys for $155. Any recommendations on which one I should choose?
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Re: Just double checking to make sure this is a clutch problem

I put a duralast in my car last December and it hasn't had problems, hooks up great....just cant tell you how long it'll last since I haven't had mine too long.
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