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Old 03-09-2017, 09:47 AM   #1
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Don't even let your car sit for too long...what luck...

So a month or so ago I decided to get the svt running again. Long story short I let it sit for two years while I did some other projects, my plan was to make this car a daily driver, I pulled the front clip off in preparation to put a new front end on it. So I couldn't really drive it...

Pulled it into the shop a month ago and tore it all apart, one thing lead to another and it turned into a huge money dump, timing belt, water pump, serpentine, tensioner, idler, plugs, wires, upstream o2, both cv axles, oil change and filter, trans fluid change, coolant flush, rear wheel bearings and seals, four new rotors, new sets of pads, new battery. Im probably forgetting more...

Finally got everything rolling and running good after all this work has been done, put the front clip on and took it out for a spin two nights ago. Go through the gears a few times and decide to do a gentle second gear pull at 20mph to see how it does and bam clutch decides to dump on me.

Holy cow what luck...as of last night trans is now on the ground and clutch is out, awaiting a new clutch. such luck...I should have put the car in storage not sitting outside.

Now I just can't ever sell the thing with how much work has been done to it, such a shame to see it go now. Thanks for reading my rant, just wanted to share my frustration...

Any opinions on what clutch to order? Just a stock LUk or should I get a stage 3? The real biter is that I have a turbo kit I have been tossing around installing, it would need a stage 3 for that. I think I would rather sell the kit and keep the car NA but if I want to do it, now is the time...


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Old 03-09-2017, 10:19 AM   #2
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Happens to the best of us. You should decide first before you replace clutch.
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xD mine sat for 5 years started up perfectly fine... tensioner sounds like its about to explode tho but meh i knew that timing belt tensioner was on its way out..

try dealing with what just happened to me.. exxon valdez of ATX fluid on my driveway looks like a murder scene.. be back in an hour and probably several jugs of degreaser though the pressure washer
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From what I've experienced it's never a good idea to let a vehicle sit for more than a month without at least giving it a warm up and brief drive around to keep all the parts loosened up and lubricated.
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More likely to be clutch hydraulics rather than clutch itself based on the post there. Hydraulic parts suffer way more than a clutch sitting outside................
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Also gas goes bad.
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More likely to be clutch hydraulics rather than clutch itself based on the post there. Hydraulic parts suffer way more than a clutch sitting outside................
Possibly, I got it all torn apart and the was a bucket worth of clutch shavings that came out. I haven't taken the clutch off the motor yet but I will soon, so we should know shortly what failed.

Is there anything inside of there that can corrode or breakdown from sitting that long?

Anyways I ordered a stage 3, im a spirited driver, and if I can ever decide to go turbo then I can.
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Could be it was worn or shot & you didn't remember when you parked it or the reason you did. The foci sat in the corner of my brothers shop for a long while, no issues. Best to add fuel additive & in a shop/garage.
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Check hoses.. while working on the car that came out of storage one of my trans cooling lines appeared to be fine but was in fact rotted and burst while idling the car unknowing because it was covered by the battery lets just say the entire trans emptied the fluid on my driveway (dubbed the bloody exon valdez)

yeah 3 hours and a special cleaner pulled up about 95% of the stain.. so need to go check the rest of the pressure lines
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Could be it was worn or shot & you didn't remember when you parked it or the reason you did. The foci sat in the corner of my brothers shop for a long while, no issues. Best to add fuel additive & in a shop/garage.
I bought the car in 2014, drove it hard before I bought it to make sure the clutch wasn't bad. Trailered it home, brought it back and thus it sat. It could have been almost toast when I bought it, then when it sat the springs got weak and then it went on the first test drive.

The car also sat on gravel outside. I don't care what people say, sitting on a gravel driveway is always harder on a car than sitting on a concrete drive, the gravel always seems to hold more moisture and takes longer to dry out after a rain, especially when its not pitched right.

Sitting in a dry shop with a concrete floor will preserve the car pretty well.
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