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Re: what exactly happens when the clutch \"burns up\"?
The last reply is pretty dead on. A clutch is made up a relatively soft material, mostly asbestos, and when the pedal is let go too fast, under too much load, the engine is spinning far faster than the tranny and rear diff, as the clutch tries to 'mate' or join, the two, it heats up excessively, therefore 'burning' up. Too high speeds, and temperatures destroys the material designed to soften the impact. It works alot like brakes trying to 'mate' the wheel speed and the caliper speed. poof, gone.
So next time you go to use the clutch, there is very little material there, the pressure plate or flywheel may be damaged, therefore the clutch slips, or it is too thin too hold onto much of anything. burnt.
1979 CJ-7: 304, T-150, much is my rebuild
1985 CJ-7: 258, T-5, for Peru Excursion
1989 XJ: has seen every state except Hawaii
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