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Old 01-30-2020, 09:02 AM   #1
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Default 180K Day on Original Clutch

Nothing earth shattering, but it helps push the spam down.

I should be hitting 180K today or tomorrow. Original owner 1998 SL. Original clutch.

I know that 180K for my Satty is really only "middle age" but I also wonder if I can keep going on the original clutch. It works fine.

What's the expected lifespan of a clutch, assuming I continue to drive it conservatively as I have been doing?

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Old 01-30-2020, 10:29 AM   #2
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Default Re: 180K Day on Original Clutch

My clutch at 204,062 had plenty of life left. Probably another 100,000 anyway.

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Old 01-30-2020, 01:18 PM   #3
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Default Re: 180K Day on Original Clutch

It goes further if you shift (correctly) without using the clutch.

I have seen 340,000 miles shifting without (1978 Olds Omega) and the transmission showed no wear...

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Old 01-31-2020, 06:11 PM   #4
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Default Re: 180K Day on Original Clutch

If it works fine, then don't worry about it. Every so often, I floor it in 5th as a test.

I had to replace mine at 140k. The rear engine seal was leaking and the clutch slippped when starting on hills or flooring 5th. All kinds of grease and gunk when I took it apart. That said, I couldn't tell the difference on the material between the old and new kit (it looked the same width), so it looked like there was little actual wear at that mileage.

I'm now at 287k miles, and the car drives just fine.

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Old 02-04-2020, 08:07 AM   #5
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Default Re: 180K Day on Original Clutch

When I retired my Saturn it had 315k on the original clutch, and I always used it when shifting. Part of long life is technique. Part is that I live in a flat region of the country. Launch with as little RPM as possible, and never sit at a stop light with the car in gear and the pedal pushed. Put it in neutral and foot off the pedal when stopped.

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Old 02-04-2020, 08:22 AM   #6
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Default Re: 180K Day on Original Clutch

Saturn built a good clutch. My SO's first 96 SC2 had 300k+ on the original clutch when I swapped drivetrains in it. (Low compression)

She used it all the time.

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Old 02-04-2020, 08:24 AM   #7
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Default Re: 180K Day on Original Clutch

The only reason I swapped my clutch at 204K is we had it apart for an engine rebuild. But the stage 2 clutch we used was crap. We just put a stock Luk clutch in at about 222K. I suspect we will never change it again.

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Old 02-04-2020, 08:29 AM   #8
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Default Re: 180K Day on Original Clutch

Good news. I am afraid if the clutch goes, my wife will force me to pitch the car. She thinks we should not put any more money into it.

Luckily, it just passed PA state inspection so unless something catastrophic happens, I am good for another year!

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