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Old 03-12-2014, 05:31 PM   #1
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HELP, clutch issue!

got done with my engine swap. got everything hooked up and the car runs great. however it wont move.

Clutch has pressure, feels like too much...it snaps back instead of letting out smooth. the c clip is on there. im gonna say its not engaging because it will not move and there is no noise. used the clutch alignment tool to align the clutch and they mated to each other quite easily so im pretty sure the clutch is aligned. it will go into gear normally. flywheel bolts torqued to 80 pressure plate torqued to 20

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Anyone have any ideas?
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did you replace the clutch, pressure plate, throwout bearing, and pilot bearing? if you did i would check the shift fork. unhook your clutch cable and take off the dust cover, see if the fork moves freely back and fourth... and make sure its actually on the fork alignment ball thing inside of the bellhousing. if its not that you may have installed the pressure plate wrong... like tightening one of the bolts down all the way first before snugging the rest would fall in that category
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did you replace the clutch, pressure plate, throwout bearing, and pilot bearing? if you did i would check the shift fork. unhook your clutch cable and take off the dust cover, see if the fork moves freely back and fourth... and make sure its actually on the fork alignment ball thing inside of the bellhousing. if its not that you may have installed the pressure plate wrong... like tightening one of the bolts down all the way first before snugging the rest would fall in that category
if i remember correctly those shift fork alignment balls break off easily with aftermarket clutch install. I remember buying one from i think ARP when i built my 02 GT.
I would check the clutch out visualy the best i could through the shifter fork opening. Sounds like the clutch disk could have seperated from the sprung center that the input shft goes through. If it will go into gear normally but wont move when clutch released.
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This is why when I do a clutch/trans I grab the fork and make sure it has free range of motion as soon as I get it tightened to the block...

Probably has to come back out to fix which sucks.

Just make sure the clutch cable isn't bound up on anything but it doesn't sound like binding.
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Sorry guys no one had posted here so I forgot about it. It honestly dumbfounded me. I did not replace anything because the engine swap is temporary. Swapped a used engine in while I build my other motor. But, the trans magically started working today? My grandpa had it towed to a shop to have them fix it on his dime, thanks grandpa, but I went to talk to them about it and told them what it was doing. And they were like, what are you talking about? We drove it into the shop???

I took it out for a spin and it worked perfectly.
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Sorry guys no one had posted here so I forgot about it. It honestly dumbfounded me. I did not replace anything because the engine swap is temporary. Swapped a used engine in while I build my other motor. But, the trans magically started working today? My grandpa had it towed to a shop to have them fix it on his dime, thanks grandpa, but I went to talk to them about it and told them what it was doing. And they were like, what are you talking about? We drove it into the shop???

I took it out for a spin and it worked perfectly.
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Um... maybe the TOB wasn't seated quite right on the fork and just popped in while it was jostled onto the trailer/flatbed? That is odd. I once had a clutch sound like it was falling apart in a Mustang I owned at idle. Turned the car off, went to get the old man to see what he thought, fired it back up and it was dead silent and never made a noise again... No idea lol.
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Um... maybe the TOB wasn't seated quite right on the fork and just popped in while it was jostled onto the trailer/flatbed? That is odd. I once had a clutch sound like it was falling apart in a Mustang I owned at idle. Turned the car off, went to get the old man to see what he thought, fired it back up and it was dead silent and never made a noise again... No idea lol.
idk, we never removed the TOB. litterally pulled the tranny off the old motor, moved flywheel clutch and pressure plate to new motor then slid the trany back on. I have absolutely no idea what was wrong or why it magically started working, but im glad i didnt have to pay anyone to rip it back out.
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Hmmm... Maybe miracles DO happen!
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I guess...lol
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I guess...lol
Haha. You say that like you're ready for the hammer to drop and the clutch will suddenly stop working. Scotty is probably right. Something aligned itself in between the time that you gave up on it and when the mechanic had a look at it.
If only you'd pressed the clutch pedal one or two more times...
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I have her back and she drives wonderfully....just need to get the exhaust leak fixed
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I have her back and she drives wonderfully....just need to get the exhaust leak fixed
It's probably on the drivers side manifold where you bolt up the mid pipe. Atleast that's where mine was, heard is very common when removing exhaust on these cars because of the ball flange or whatever is called.

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