I have a 1990 Acura Integra with a manual tranismissin. There is
about 260,000 Kim (or 160,000 miles).
It still has original clutch & transmission and was working 100% unitl
yesterday with no mech problems UNTIL yesteday. I was ready to
takeoff from a lite and when I let out the clultch nothing happened
even though the Acura was in gear. As I was only about 50 yards from
my home, I did manage to limp back though it "smelled" like something
was burning. Much like the smell of brakes. Clutch?
I thought it would not move because maybe the emergency brake had
stayed on even though it was released. So I tested the emergency
brake with back wheels up & it is working as expected. So no prob
One point I missed....for last month I was starting to get "some
slippng" in the clutch. When I would press on the gas, I would get
more revs but the Acura would not accelerate as fast. Wud that
indicate the clutch is worn out & no longer able to auto adjust?
If the clutch is kaput, any idea of install cost thru a dealer as
almost wothless other than a $400 set of new tires.
On Sun, 17 Oct 2010 08:10:41 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org
Your clutch is NOT of the "auto adjust" type.
If you're lucky, all you need to do is adjust it, and all will be well.
Take a look under the hood, towards the front, below (but ahead of) the
distributor. See a black cable with a very large black plastic nut in the
middle? That's the adjusting nut. Pull the cable up with your hand, then
spin the nut UP the threaded shaft with your thumb.
There ought to be about 5/32" of slack in the cable. In other words, you
should be able to pull the nut off its seat by that amount. You spin the
nut up until that amount is reached.
If you cannot pull the nut off its seat with your hand, there's a way to
force it off. Just reply back here.
Thanks for the quick reply.
I will attempt that tomorrow. BTW, to my knowledge this has NEVER
been done before as there was no prob. Not bad for 260,000KM....LOL
You are the best.
dewayne on the West Coast of Canada
On 10/19/2010 07:14 PM, email@example.com wrote:
1. the back of my local paper has independent repair shop ads for import
clutch changes at less than $500. you need to make a few more calls.
2. how many new car payments divide into $900? excluding what deposit?
3. you put an ad on craigslist and see how much the car is worth - a
good deal more than $900 even with no clutch.
If the cable was broken, the clutch would never DIS-engage.
OP's last comments are somewhat puzzling. If there's NO resistance to pedal
movement, how did he manage to change gear at all?
I do know that if the pedal-return spring breaks, the pedal will be very
easy to push and release, and will sometimes stick in the "down" position.
The pedal-return spring is a $5 part.
If the clutch is truly worn-out, there will be 1/4" or less of threaded-rod
showing above the adjusting nut.
the whole cable doesn't snap at once, it does it strand by strand. by
the time the user notices, a bunch of strands have gone, and the clutch
is not disengaging properly because the cable has by now stretched as
strands have released. from there, it's only a few pedal pushes until
the whole thing is broken. in this case, i expect the monkeying and
pressing the op did trying to adjust was sufficient to finish the cable off.
maybe, but much less common.
whatever the deal, the op's story is not entirely consistent. without
sufficient knowledge to describe the situation properly, this is just a
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