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Old 08-16-2013, 08:32 AM   #1
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How to tell a clutch is going bad? New to manual cars and this is my first standard to drive. Thanks!
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Well if its slipping, notice a buring smell, or not engaging properly, that could be red flags. But might just need an adjustment.Sometimes the pilot bearing will squeak and make noises too....Have you noticed anything? Or are you just curious?
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pilot bearing...

Do you mean the release/throw out bearing? The pilot bearing is in the end of the crankshaft and is just a support for the transmission input shaft. It really has no effect on clutch operations.
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pilot bearing...

Do you mean the release/throw out bearing? The pilot bearing is in the end of the crankshaft and is just a support for the transmission input shaft. It really has no effect on clutch operations.
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pilot bearing...

Do you mean the release/throw out bearing? The pilot bearing is in the end of the crankshaft and is just a support for the transmission input shaft. It really has no effect on clutch operations.
Haha yeah I meant the throw out bearing!
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Clutch pedal fills stiff as a rock still? Curious because sometimes, not all the time when shift in first gear the car will shake until I get going. No burning smell of any sort.
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These cars are known for a heavy clutch compared to other cars. But when was the last time the car had a tune up?
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No clue. I bought the car almost 2 months ago off of craigslist. Only thing I've done to it was changed oil.
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Might be a good idea to pull a plug and see what it looks like. They can tell you a lot
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My TOB squeaks a little, probably due to adjustable clutch setup since the clutch/bearing have 5k on them... need to do the spring mod to the fork...

Anyway your clutch is slipping you should know it. The car should grab hard in every gear. Like a fast 1-2 shift at a higher RPM should be firm and the tires will bark if you do it fast enough. If it doesn't or you smell a burning smell then its on the way out.
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Grabs alright. Bark tires in 2nd gear. But like I said. When I start up the car and shift Into first, the car shakes and stops after I get going. Then I shift into 2nd etc and everything is fine. Doesn't do it all the time. Just every now and then.

Also if I do need a tune up, should I get ford racing wires? Are they worth it or should I stick to motorcraft?
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Tune up should be the first thing you do whenever you get a used car. New plugs/wires, all the fluids, all the filters.
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Tune up should be the first thing you do whenever you get a used car. New plugs/wires, all the fluids, all the filters.
Yeah, true. Only thing I've done was change Fuel Filter, seafoamed it and changed oil.
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Grabs alright. Bark tires in 2nd gear. But like I said. When I start up the car and shift Into first, the car shakes and stops after I get going. Then I shift into 2nd etc and everything is fine. Doesn't do it all the time. Just every now and then.

Also if I do need a tune up, should I get ford racing wires? Are they worth it or should I stick to motorcraft?
I don't think the price of FRPP wires are much more than the stockers. I have em on my 90' and they work fine. Like I said a tune up is always a good thing, and while your at it, maybe clean your IAC valve/MAF too
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What would I use to clean the iac? And there's like a 10 dollar difference on the wire set lol. Might as well buy the Ford racing wires.
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Electric parts cleaner would work. They can get dirty from carbon build up over time, and can sonetimes use a good cleaning
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