Installing the right clutch wont
make a difference if the vehicle has a problem with the clutch
linkage. Most vehicles today have a hydraulic clutch release
system with a master and slave cylinder. The problem occurs
when clutch failure is diagnosed improperly as the clutch
failed and not as hydraulic failure. You cannot tell for the
most part, unless it is leaking, that the hydraulic system
is not working properly. To do it right, you should replace
the hydraulics when you replace the clutch. At the least,
the hydraulic system should be bled, similar to
a brake system, in order to eliminate any air in the system.
At HR Clutch, we cannot stress enough
that its important to install new hydraulics when you
replace the clutch. Many people also fail to use a flywheel
shim when the flywheel is resurfaced. Due to the lack of adjustment
on a hydraulic clutch, a flywheel shim can mean the difference
between a clutch releasing properly or not. Since 1960, we
have been trying to prevent clutch failure by informing our
customers on these and other commonly overlooked technical
issues. Being in this business this long, we have the knowledge
and experience to allow our customers to do the job right.
HR Clutch serves drivers across the US and offers a wide range
of hydraulic clutches and hydraulic slave and master cylinder
components to choose from. Continue reading to learn more
about hydraulic clutch systems, hydraulic clutch performance,
and flywheel shims.
A master cylinder and a slave cylinder make up the hydraulic
clutch system. As the clutch pedal is pushed down, the master
cylinder transfers hydraulic fluid to the slave cylinder.
In turn, the slave cylinder is able to press down on the clutch
release bearing, disengaging the clutch.
Hydraulic clutches add torque and power to your vehicle. Not
only that, but they also add maximum pressure, high rotational
speeds, and a smoother engagement. Another benefit is minimum
pedal effort. These clutches may be used to offer optimal
performance in power transmission vehicles, off-road machinery,
heavy equipment, and more.
As part of the clutch system, the flywheel is highly important
but is often times overlooked for the reason of clutch failure.
When the flywheel is resurfaced, it in essence brings the
flywheel, along with the pressure plate, further away from
the release bearing. After resurfacing a flywheel several
different times, a no-release problem can occur as a result
of the hydraulic clutch having no adjustment to make up for
this wear on the flywheel. A flywheel shim installed behind
the flywheel compensates for this wear and brings back the
original thickness of the flywheel.