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Old 04-16-2010, 08:12 PM   #1
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weird issue with clutch

well i went to the track for the first time since i put in my new/used engine. prior ive done a few skrimages on the road and about 6 hard pulls back to back from a dead stand still with no issue. well back to the story went to the track last friday and ran a decent run. pulled right back around and ran. this time the clutch slips in 2nd and 3rd. and i mean horrible in 3rd. well i come to a stop on the return road and take off and no issue. so i deside to park the car and let it cool. bout 45 mins later i run again. first run was perfect with no slips even grabbed hard enough in 2nd to make the tires bark out a chirp. so desided since the track was closing in a few id catch another honda in the stageing. low and behold theres a gsr 3rd gen integra.(had just beat a same gen LS integra) so i pull up beside him and we wait about 5 to 10 mins befor were in up. i left kinda hard this time and it effected my 60 footer and he was able to nose me out by about a foot but still no issue with slipage. pulled back around because i didnt wanna go out like that. lined up against another civic right as i pulled up and was back on the track with no rest to the car. left the line pretty decent with alittle bit of wheel spin. shifted to 2nd and the car didnt feel like it was acceling at all. i could look at the tach and see that it was slipping. finally caught and i shifted to 3rd and it wouldnt grab at all. so i was litterally rolling throu the trap. again come to a stop on the return road. started off and had no issues of slipping. have drove it all this week and no issues of slipping either. was wondering what is the issue that i have. i inspected the clutch disc when i installed it from the other motor to the new one and it had a good bit of distance from the surface to the rivits. the clutch is a clutch masters stage one on a fidanza flywheel. it may have 15000 miles total on that. prolly less but just a round about guess.

only thing ive done so far is poped the little black cap off of the bell houseing area just to peak in to see if my rear main seal is leaking(replaced in befor i put the engine in) but i dont see any oil of the flywheel surface that i can see. kinda lost. like i said i ran the car 6 times the week before with no slipping. but had an issue at the track.


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Old 04-17-2010, 02:24 AM   #2
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I've had this same problem last week at the track and i cant wrap my mind around whats going on.
I have a factory clutch and its doing the same thing! I cant remember if i smelled any burning clutch, but i would know immediately. The feeling is like i just never released the clutch pedal. I drove to the ticket booth and no problems after that, even launched hard on the street with no problems. Pulls strong. I came out of first nice and strong but not over doing it, then.... nothing rev rev, no engagement.
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Old 04-18-2010, 10:33 AM   #3
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yeah imean im just lost. the clutch appeared fine when i installed the new engine about 1500 miles. i beat it like 6 times in a row on the road with no smell of burnt clutch or any slip. then a week later i run it at the track and its sliping after on hard pull. just you would think that it would slip in first more then it would in 2nd or 3rd.
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I've had issues with the slave cylinder sticking in my car, that might be your problem. Under hard acceleration it sticks sometimes. To remedy this, I'd probably use spray Teflon from a hardware store. Graphite might work as well. I don't think that oil or grease would work because it would tend to inhibit the return motion of the slave. I haven't had my clutch out yet, but when I do I'm definitely going to pay a lot of attention to the plastic slave. I wish the economy was better and there were more reliable aftermarket or racing products available to replace the OEM plastic piece.

I'm not sure how rebuildable the slave is until I can remove mine, but a stronger return spring might save you from pain and suffering.
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Whynot - Could the disc be hanging up on the shaft splines?? - BMW motorcycles needed lube there & I've seen major wear issues on Big Rigs... No FoFo info on this..
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Could it just be that there is alot more traction on the track ,verses the street? causing the clutch to slip.
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