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Oil Contaminated Clutch ??

Can a clutch disc be resurected if it had been oil contaminated? I hit it with brake cleaner, but am wondering if I'm wasting my time..... BTW, it's a CF dual friction unit....
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Re: Oil Contaminated Clutch ??

I have resurected brake shoes in my poorer past, and they worked OK, but depending on how hard you
are on your clutch, its full life will probably suffer. I haven't had a CF in my hands, how porous is
the friction material? Most clutch material I have seen in the last few years and been pretty dense,
and should clean up pretty fair. The bigest concern is will residual oil boil up to the surface under
heavy loads.

Don't expect that a quick pass with brake cleaner will completly remove all the oil though. Use
clean white paper towles and lots of cleaner till the towels come off clean.

Old timers used to boil oily brake shoes to remove oil, but I'm not sure how well modern materials would
hold up to that treatment.
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Re: Oil Contaminated Clutch ??

this is purely a guess since i have no experience with what you are talking about, Crow, other than having a clutch disc in a 93 cavalier get soaked in oil when the stupid integrated hydrualic "fork" and throwout bearing wore through and sprung a leak. (I had the whole clutch replaced)

A handy household hint for getting oil and grease stains out of cotton clothing is to liberally impregnate them with cornstarch, then overlay them with a piece of paper and iron them. Then you wash them off. I guess the principle is that the cornstarch is super-absorbent and will draw all the oil out of the fabric.

Dunno if it would have any application here, but I thought I would mention it anyway!

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Re: Oil Contaminated Clutch ??

well if you cant figure out a way to clean it you might be able to run a stock disk with the centerforce pressure plate probably not as good as the centerforce but probably better than stock
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Re: Oil Contaminated Clutch ??

i feel your pain since it is a dual friction clutch. if it were me i would clean it best i could and try it. the worst that could happen is you have to take it back apart and put another clutch in. [img]images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]
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Re: Oil Contaminated Clutch ??

Just clean it the best you can with brake cleaner and a soft brush . I had the same thing happen to my Petro d/f about two months after I put it in . It works fine , never had an issue with it since .
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