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Old 12-11-2002   #1
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how do you know if you have a bad clutch?

yeah how do you know if you have a bad clutch, what are the signs and how could you test for one. [IMG]i/expressions/face-icon-small-confused.gif[/IMG]
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its hard to shift gears........ it gets stuck , just doesnt want to move , the normal things
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mine tends to be diff. in shifting in 1st and 2nd gears both at a stop but the rest r smooth. it happens once in a while at red lights and i would have my clutch disengaged all the way. i was thinking of taking it to dealer but don't have time and wait for stupid dealer to fix it. right now it works fine. i only have 5300 mi. on it and i don't burn out often, but i do kick in vtec once in a while. so is this a bad clutch or something else? anyone else have this problem?
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actually, a worn clutch would not at all affect the actual changing of gears in the transmission- if you have trouble getting into gear or grinding, chances are you have a bad synchro.

When a clutch goes bad, it will start to slip- that is, you engage the gear, step on the gas, and the clutch fails to provide the friction necessary to lock the drivetrain. Your engine may race, but your car will not seem to be moving like it should. Particularly in 1st & 2nd gear.

This is usually also accompanied by that unforgettable "burning clutch" smell- once you smell it once, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about.

Remember- the clutch is independant from the actual gears in the transmission- it merely locks the drivetrain from the engine to the transmission. If you have trouble SHIFTING gears- sticking, grinding, etc, it's the TRANNY.
If you have slipping- it's the clutch.

Hope this helped.

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mine tends to be diff. in shifting in 1st and 2nd gears both at a stop but the rest r smooth. it happens once in a while at red lights and i would have my clutch disengaged all the way. i was thinking of taking it to dealer but don't have time and wait for stupid dealer to fix it. right now it works fine. i only have 5300 mi. on it and i don't burn out often, but i do kick in vtec once in a while. so is this a bad clutch or something else? anyone else have this problem?[hr]
Actually, your problem does not at all sound like a worn clutch. Do you have a history of misshifting and grinding the dogteeth in the synchro? Did you learn to drive manny on this car? Do you hear a grinding, or might have to double-clutch or rev-match to get into gear? It's probably a bad synchro.

(by the way, you should ALWAYS rev-match. It saves your clutch, extends the life of your tranny, and can prevent you from losing control if you downshift in inclement conditions)

ALWAYS REV MATCH

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i remember when I jacked my stock clutch. I could literally floor it @ 30MPH in 5th gear and have the engine rev as fast as it would in neutral.

a good way to test (if it isnt obvious like mine was) would to stop the car, put it in 1st then let off the clutch. if the car takes a little bit to stall then the clutch isnt engaging as fast as it should and therefore needs replacing.
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i remember when I jacked my stock clutch. I could literally floor it @ 30MPH in 5th gear and have the engine rev as fast as it would in neutral.

a good way to test (if it isnt obvious like mine was) would to stop the car, put it in 1st then let off the clutch. if the car takes a little bit to stall then the clutch isnt engaging as fast as it should and therefore needs replacing.[hr]
would that happen with our car's clutch? cause it is so light to begin with.
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yes, because ALL honda clutches/synchros/axles SUCK.
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I disagree about the axles. I hear that they can take a beating. Maybe there's been an improvement over the 6th gens? [IMG]i/expressions/face-icon-small-confused.gif[/IMG]
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I agree with the synchros... my 3rd gear shows it but that's thanks to the clutch.
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I disagree about the axles. I hear that they can take a beating. Maybe there's been an improvement over the 6th gens? [IMG]i/expressions/face-icon-small-confused.gif[/IMG][hr]
define "a beating". sure they will take stock, under 100 ft lbs of torque, drag launches... but so will a slim jim beef stick.

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When the clutch was going out on my 88 civic I noticed when I went from 1st to 2nd there was big delay before it clicked in. So I got really worried on it and took it in good thing I did it had like 230K or so on that clutch so not too bad.

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I disagree about the axles. I hear that they can take a beating. Maybe there's been an improvement over the 6th gens? [IMG]i/expressions/face-icon-small-confused.gif[/IMG][hr]
define "a beating". sure they will take stock, under 100 ft lbs of torque, drag launches... but so will a slim jim beef stick.[hr]
Umm..honda designed the parts to work with the car they designed. Only problem I have ever heard about honda's straight-shifts are the synchros in the 6th gen si. Otherwise, they work perfectly fine and will last for a very long time when the car is kept stock and the driver is decent. You agree with that so I guess I wasted some space there. I have had 2 accords with 5spds that were both driven to ~150k. 1 of the 2 had the cv-joints replaced at 120k but that was it. I have never heard anyone complain about honda's straight-shifts. Almost always, when someone has a failure in a manual under 80k miles, it's because they are a moron and don't belong in a car with 3 pedals.

Maybe they don't stand up to additional power but they were never intended to. The 6th gen si, I don't know what happened...
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My clutch smells, hell my car smells when I run thru the gears hard... POS...
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