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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-11-2000, 10:01 PM
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Clutch Housing

I took out my clutch plates to inspect them because the manual said that any damage to a clutch plate could cause my problem, but when I did this i noticed tht my friction plates had warn grooves into the clutch housing, the plates themselfs all appear to be fine, i intend to measure to make sure the meat the specifications, but I think i should replace my clutch housing. Could that be what is causing my problem? Is it normal for the housing to develop grooves like that? Well with any luck this could be my last question for a while so any replies would be very appreciated.
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 02-11-2000, 11:06 PM
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Re: Clutch Housing

It is normal for the fingers of the clutch basket to become grooved. You'll need a flat file and then carefully file each finger smooth. This process should be done each and everytime that you replace, and even remove your clutch pack. The grooves will make the plates "hang" up and not fully engage or dis-engage thereby smoking your new clutch. Even with an existing clutch, unless you get the friction plates back in the same exact order with thier mating drive plate, the total pack thickness could differ enough to cause it to hang. This process should only need to be done if there are visible and prominent grooving of the basket fingers.

Make sure that you soak your new clutch plates in fresh oil before installing them. It's also a good idea to take some 150 to even 320 grit sand paper and gently "rough" up the steel(or alum.) drive plates that were previously installed.

Good luck,

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