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Old 01-24-2010, 12:20 PM   #1
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Default soft, mushy pedal feel after clutch install ?

so I replaced my clutch recently, but now the clutch pedal feel is very soft and mushy like .. any thoughts ?

my car is a stock 94 gsr with itr tranny and an fns sprung pressure plate. clutch is stock replacement.

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Default Re: soft, mushy pedal feel after clutch install ?

How is the clutch fluid level? What was the exact clutch (i.e. was it an OEM from an Acura parts supplier, or an OEM spec replacement clutch from an indpendent seller?)
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Default Re: soft, mushy pedal feel after clutch install ?

fluid level is fine and the clutch is an oem spec replacement

I also noticed this same thing when i swapped my civic a few years back, but being young and naive at the time I cared less =P
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Default Re: soft, mushy pedal feel after clutch install ?

Depending on the manufacturer clutches differ. My Exedy OEM-spec clutch is far softer than the actual OE clutch that came stock, even though it's built to similar spec. That's the reason I'm upgrading to Exedy Stage 1 if this clutch ever fails. It may be that your clutch is just soft out of the box.
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Default Re: soft, mushy pedal feel after clutch install ?

I'm going with Gagnar on this one....OEM replacement clutches are usually the suck on pedal feel/stiffness. Then again, so are BMWs stock clutches.

Also, why do I feel as if clutches should be clutchs? Interesting....
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Clutch master or slave cylinder maybe??
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sounds like air along the line try bleeding the slave cyclinder should improve the pedal
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ok I'll try bleeding it when I have time this week

I also noticed after driving some more, sometimes the clutch sticks to the floor and comes back up automatically on it's own within a few seconds or sometimes I have to pull it. I also noticed that sometimes the car won't go in car unless I really put the clutch to the ground.

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Default Re: soft, mushy pedal feel after clutch install ?

Definitely sounds like a clutch hydraulic issue to me. Bleed the system, and inspect the clutch master and slave cylinders (and lines) for leaks. However, I've heard that mechanical problems with the clutch can cause similar symptoms (but that's unlikely with a new clutch).

For the bleed just get a small bottle of DOT3 fluid. You'll also probably want a partner. There's a description of the bleeding procedure on the first page of the link in my sig., at the end of the clutch MC writeup, if you're interested.
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