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Clutch Release seem to hit fingers?

PostPost by: tynemead » Sat May 08, 2010 9:40 pm

Has anyone come across ths problem?

1968 +2 with standard 4 speed box, when you press the clutch the release seem to fall off the shaft and sounds like it hitting the fingers on the pressure plate.

Repalced the clutch, gearbox, clutch complete got rid of the problem and now its back again after about 6 weeks any ideas.

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PostPost by: rgh0 » Sun May 09, 2010 12:48 am

Hi Jonathon
Sounds like you may have some incorrect components or are incorrectly assembling the components you have. Have you got a workshop or parts manual and have you checked that all components are correct. Assembly of the semi circle spacer between the throw out bearing and clutch level with the small retaining clips has to be done right. Do you have the correct clutch pressure plate with the bearing face assembled on the fingers, the throw out bearing does not press directly onto the fingers and are you using the correct throw out bearing that matches.

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PostPost by: tynemead » Sun May 09, 2010 11:43 am

Thanks for the reply, it may not be hitting the fingures but that's what it sounds like, as you cannot see inside the box when it happens we have no idea what is happening. All clutch parts and release are new from christopher neil and it happened before this was fitted, and it is the pressure plate with the bearing face. You can drive the car on a long journey no problem but it start to happen when being driven on town when you are using the clutch a lot. Its like the more you pump the clutch its moving forward more each time until it drops off the shaft and cannot return and starts to make the noise.
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PostPost by: rgh0 » Sun May 09, 2010 1:43 pm

Who split the engine and gearbox the first time and what did they see? What did they diagnose as the problem and what components did they replace. If they could not solve the problem when lookiing at the parts its going to be hard to solve from a description over the internet :)

If you have the same failure a second time they either did not replace the components correctly or the problem is in some other part of the system such as the clutch hydraulic system that you did not replace.

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PostPost by: types26/36 » Sun May 09, 2010 3:09 pm

tynemead wrote:. Its like the more you pump the clutch its moving forward more each time until it drops off the shaft and cannot return and starts to make the noise.


Are you saying that the clutch pedal sticks down and does not return? or is it just the noise when the clutch pedal is depressed?
Was the pilot bearing in the end of the crank replaced ? .......... could be dry or damaged and making the noise?
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