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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-02-2003, 11:50 AM
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Clutches & Water

I was out wheelin' yesterday and was trying work to myself between a rock and a tree. I was using the clutch pretty hard and started to smell it so I eased up. Just a couple minutes later I came to the end of the trail and had to cross some water to get back onto the road. My Samurai is stock height and the water was up to the rockers. After I crossed the water, I shifted into 2hi and started up a small dirt path and the motor started reving up to about 3k rpm but the wheels were not spinning. I knew the clutch was slipping so I shifted it into 4lo and proceeded up the hill. When I got to the top I shifted back into 2hi and it worked fine. I drove it on home which is about 5 miles from where I was. Will water cause the clutch to slip like I described?

The clutch is from Autozone and only has about 600 miles on it so I don't think I burnt it up but I have always wondered if I have it adjusted right. How far from the floor should the pedal be when the clutch engages?
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Take a peek at the clutch fixit PDF file on my webpage (see URL below)
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Re: Clutches & Water

I usually set them to start engaging at about 2" off the floor . What you did was get it real hot then "glaze" it with water/muck . Don't do that too often , you'll be buying a new clutch again .
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 06-02-2003, 08:11 PM
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I agree with Sarge. You just glazed your clutch over from heavy use. It happens. My Zuke see's alot of deep water and i've never had clutch slippage or glazing from water exposure alone. So I just wanted to clarify that you most likely did the clutch glazing before the water crossing. The water afterward probobly cooled & hardened the "glaze muck" resulting in it taking a little longer to wear off the clutch. Like Sarge said, keep the clutch glazing to a minimum.
By the way, nice adjustment .pdf you suggested Ack.
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