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Old 11-06-2019, 05:07 PM   #1
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Default 2000 L 5 spd clutch issue

My mechanic told me that this model wasn't hydraulic (self adjusting) and that I needed to adjust (tighten) up the linkage as it requires a lot of pedal to shift it. Does anyone have any input on this? Much appreciated.
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My mechanic told me that this model wasn't hydraulic (self adjusting) and that I needed to adjust (tighten) up the linkage as it requires a lot of pedal to shift it. Does anyone have any input on this? Much appreciated.
Rock Auto lists hydraulic clutch parts. Does any car built in this millennium have a mechanical clutch?
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Default Re: 2000 L 5 spd clutch issue

You may want to get a different mechanic. Self adjusting hydraulic system. A quick visual inspection would show hydraulic lines instead of mechanical linkages.
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Rock Auto lists hydraulic clutch parts. Does any car built in this millennium have a mechanical clutch?
N...nope. Back in the Neanderthal Age, my brother drove a Datsun B210 with a manual xmission. No hydraulic clutch. As the clutch wore, the clutch pedal would sink a little lower until too low to operate the clutch. Readjusting linkages to bring the pedal back up was the procedure. A definite feel for the clutch was felt without hydraulics dampening. I drove it a few times then bought a 5-speed manual with hydraulics. Night and day as hydraulics kill any feel for the clutch.

baseman55, I think you need to find another mechanic that knows the difference between old school mechanical clutches using adjustable linkages and non adjustable hydraulic clutches that self adjust for the life of the clutch. How many miles on your car? Are you the first owner?
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165K miles on the car and I bought it with 122K . From what I can see the clutch job is a pretty big deal. It shifts ok but seems pretty touchy and I gotta put it almost to the floor and shift gingerly. Ive had 3- S series cars and this group is awesome! I actually like the car but the clutch job seems like it may need to go while its still shiftin decent right?
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165K miles on the car and I bought it with 122K..... It shifts ok but seems pretty touchy and I gotta put it almost to the floor and shift gingerly...... I actually like the car but the clutch job seems like it may need to go while its still shiftin decent right?
If you mean replacing the clutch now then yes. Clutches wear out sooner or later with little references to go by. A rough idea might be city driving with more shifts wearing out clutches sooner while all high way rural driving might have less shifts per mile, prolonging a clutch. It would be wise to replace the hydraulics too when replacing the clutch.
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I used a LUK clutch kit in my car. It comes with a disc, pressure plate and a complete slave cylinder/throw out bearing assembly. I did not replace the master cylinder and have not had any problems with it. I did the job two years and about 30,000 miles ago.
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