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Ok,

Not just ANYONE. I've recently started reading these forums since the demise of Fxtreme and there seems to be a lot of irrelevent (to put it lightly) comments. This question goes to the very experienced people. I'm gonna describe some symptoms, and hopefully someone here might know what's up:

I have a '96 Accent w/80,000 hard raced miles. Extremely noisy clattering coming from engine bay. Intermittent. When it does happen, I feel some vibration in my clutch pedal. Sometimes depressing the clutch doesn't affect whether it makes noise or not. Of course when I rev up the engine while it's clattering, the frequency of the vibration and noise is relative to the speed of the engine. Shift quality has not changed. Clutch still grabs well. I change the tranny fluid @least twice a year with Redline synthetic (75w). Any ideas before I commit lots of money?

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Could be the one of the pressure plate, or clutch disc springs let go. I had that happen on an old VW with similar symptoms, and like with yours the clutch still worked fine. If the noise happens at idle, I would get in there with the old stethescope (or chunk of broom handle) and see if I could narrrow down where the sound is coming from. If it seems loudest around the bell housing, that might be your answer.


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Edited by - J.P. on 01/23/2002 05:46:58 AM
 

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Thanks JP. That's pretty much inline with one of my uncle's guess. Said the "fingers" on the pressure plate might've broken off. He was a mechanic for awhile. This other mechanic who rebuilds taxis suggested that I replace the whole transmission, without actually inspecting my car. But that's because the symptoms were relayed to him by another friend, not me.

I will be pulling out my Chilton's and factory manual to see what parts are needed for a clutch replacement. So far an OEM throwout/release bearing, pressure plate, and disc will cost $180 from the dealer. Good, bad?

Any other possibilities?

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Forget about OEM, go with Clutchmasters. They sell different stage kits, and even the basic one (Stage 1) will be an improvement.


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My first guess would be the clutch plate or pressure plate. you may have burnt a spot on your clutch/flywheel/pressure plate.

Yah, go with an a/mkt kit like JP suggests. Just make sure whatever you get still has a sprung centre clutch plate.



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We also have some clutches that are available through us.

If you need the whole tranny you can buy mine. It is still fine but I am doing the Beta swap soon and with it I will be adding the Tib tranny too<img src=/images/forums/snitz/thumbup.gif width=25 height=18 border=0>


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Normally I would go with an slight aftermarket upgrade such as a typical stage 1 kit. The reason I'm not is because I don't plan on keeping the car beyond 2 years since the body is cracking from an old accident. (Came out one morning and the windshield cracked. Also the lower front control arm on one side started moving because of the weakened body)

How much is a typical Clutchmasters stage 1 clutch anyway? Autobot I'm trying to follow all the threads about the Accent engine swaps. I might get my self another x-3 Accent and do the swap much later on, depending on how you guys turn out.

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Body cracking?!!! Yikes!
That does sound like the perfect candidate for a Frankenstein! If your unit body needs strengthening, get an estimate on having it fixed properly. Then go for the full roll cage (no more strength/flex problems!). Find out through your local race club what shops specialize in fixing bent race cars (there should be lots down your way). Get them to put it up on the hoist and see how bad it really is. An estimate would be well worth your time. A friend of mine had some nasty damage to his GTI from a rally crash, and we thought for sure it was toast. Turned out to be a relatively cheap repair, and he raced it another couple of seasons.


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