Engine & Gearbox When the clutch goes

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  1. Ben28 Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Would the clutch bite higher as it wears out like other cars I've driven or would it just stop engaging fully, at the usual height?

    I'm just wondering what characteristics to expect
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    Ben
     
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  3. Zebster Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    Which engine?

    The diesel has a self-adjusting pressure plate, so the bite point remains constant. Not sure about the lesser engines.
     
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  4. Ben28 Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Yeah mine's a diesel. That's what I thought, so the first sign would be actual slippage rather than increased pedal travel?
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  5. Zebster Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    Yes. But slippage can often recover as the self-adjuster mechanism ratchets-up, sometimes after several days of slippage, and resets the clamping pressure. Over the years mine has recovered from two extended periods of slipping and is now fine... Still on the original clutch at 171k miles.
     
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  6. Ben28 Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Haha awesome! Good to know.
    I guess the only way to find out if 'got any more left to go' is to actually look at the clutch friction material?
    Mines at 113k, still on original AFAIK.
     
  7. Zebster Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    Well it isn't easy to look at! Apparently the friction material on the driven plate doesn't wear much, it's the loss of clamping pressure as the pressure plate springing assembly wears that causes the slipping.
     
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  8. Ben28 Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    :Ermm: oh.. Is that something which is replaced as part of a 'clutch change'? This would likely be at my local garage rather than a Honda dealer.
     
  9. Zebster Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    Yes, the usual clutch components of plate, cover and bearing would be replaced. Additionally the flywheel is a 'dual mass' type that can wear and is expensive to replace... The wear in the DMF sprung mechanism can be assessed when the clutch is removed (from memory the free play has to be less than 36mm) and a decision made about replacement.

    A special tool is required to ensure that the pressure plate tension is correctly maintained during installation, but this isn't exclusive to a Honda dealer.
     
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  10. Ben28 Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Thanks for the info :Smile: