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Old 06-14-2013, 08:35 AM   #11
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Yes you might as well replace the clutch at the same time since you'd have to remove the trans to fix it. If you buy a Luk clutch kit (which is the OEM clutch) it will come with a new bearing/slave in it. Are you holding the clutch in while waiting at a light or are you in neutral and then put it into gear once the light turns green?
Eh, when I get to the light and am actually waiting at a red 95% of the time I'm in neutral. Only when I have looked at the cross traffic lights and see their yellow do I usually shift into 1st and hold the clutch, especially when I am the vehicle in front; I like to time the green and be ready to move as soon as possible.

Does it help to note that I rarely use my brakes, only when I'm in the last perhaps 20-60ft. I almost always let the motor rev down as a method of slowing the car. If I need to slow down on the highway, I always kick it down a gear or two rather than get on the brakes. On my original SVT, I made the stock brake rotors and pads last for at least 86k miles. I changed them then because I had the $$ and wanted slotted power stop rotors and upgraded pads.
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Old 07-12-2013, 03:43 PM   #12
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Okay. I have had a chance to drive the car under a wide array of driving habits. Sorry I haven't updated for so long, I don't really get a lot of drive time in any more. I've had probably 10-15 hours drive time in the past month, and it doesn't help to update when you are not driving.

So, I am still having some issues with the shifting. It seems that until the motor/drive train come up to temp the shifting through all gears is pretty tough. Getting into reverse is tricky and 1st is no better. 2nd is a firm yank and very occasionally some minor crunching into gear. 3rd is a stiff shove. Then when she does come to temp, sometimes I notice that when I select 1st to start moving from a stop it seems like the tranny wants to engage while the clutch is fully pushed in. When I start from 2nd, rather than 1st, it seems much better. Also when I do have a problem trying to get it into gear when she is at temp, pumping the clutch does seem to help. 1-2 pumps and it seems to want to go better.
Hopefully that helps
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Check you fluid level in your transmission it may be low. Pull the full plug off and stick your finger in there you should feel the fluid. If you don't feel it it's probably low. I'd drain it and see how much comes out and put some fresh stuff in. The Getrag takes 1.8 qts so don't over fill it.
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I'll have to do that this week, I'm having the t-belt done and will have the car on a lift. I have been seriously sweating bullets up to now, not wanting to drive the car for anything knowing that there are 123k mi on the original t-belt.
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