The clutch seems to be slipping on my son's '95 Camry 4 cyl. Actually, it
runs and drives mostly OK under normal conditions, but if you step on the
gas pedal hard, the clutch slips. I understand that the clutch is hydraulic
and thus not adjustable. The car had always been dealer serviced and they
never found/indicated any problems. Does anyone out there have any insight
into this? Is this just a fluid thing? Any help would be appreciated.
The only adjustable part, is the clutch pedal free-play. It is usually
necessary to adjust this.
Apart from the clutch plate (sometimes referred to as the 'friction-plate')
being simply worn out, you can test to see if there is free-play problems by
measuring how movement the clutch pedal has before it loads-up against the
clutch-master cylinder. Should be approx 1/2 to 1".
Also check the throw-out lever for free-play. This is a measure of how far
the clutch slave-cylinder (is in plain view on the front of the
gearbox-bell/clutchhousing) actuating pin moves before the release bearing
touches the pressure-plate fingers. This play or travel is small, typically
less than 1/2".
In most cases, if there is a fault in the master-cylinder or low fluid, the
clutch becomes hard to disengage rather than slipping.
As an emergency measure,he best way to save what little lining is left on
the clutch-plate, is to drive more sedately, using a lower gear rather than
increasing throttle in top or o/drive. The formulae for power is 'torque
multiplied by RPM'. It is the torque or twisting power which causes a worn
cltch to slip rather than revs.
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