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    Quick Clutch Help

    Is there any chance the pressure plate can go bad, then after daily driving with it bad for a month or more that the clutch disk is still ok? I had something really strange involving the release bearing happen to my car, and now the clutch slips if i give it gas at low rpms, pretty readily, so Im worried I damaged the pressure plate. Adjusting the clutch has helped twice, but within the day it would start slipping again. At higher rpm's (4k+) it doesnt seem to slip as readily, but ive been babying it as last time I popped a spring messing around with a bad clutch. I havent beaten on it but have driven it quite a ways since it happened.

    Its an act xtreme pressure plate with the street disk and was installed by me with the incorrect release bearing for various reasons about a year ago, this problem started about two months ago. New master cylinder and a healthy slave, no leaks or air.

    I only ask because I am tight on money (school ) and am thinking about just replacing the pressure plate, because if the disk in there is ok id rather save the cost of the disk and resurfacing the flywheel. However, if the pressure plate is ok id rather not have to buy that again. I already have a brand new act release bearing.

    I guess my real question is:
    If you had to replace one to see what was wrong after hearing that story, what would you replace first? The disk or the pressure plate? I dont mind having to replace the other if I find out the first one didnt do it, but itd be nice to be right the first time.
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    After all my issues I wouldn't be suprised if the disk is your issue. I've pushed the center section out of 3 disks with a Maxx Xtreme PP.

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    So say I order the disk and drop the transmission, is there anyway to know 100% if the pressure plate is ok?

    I feel like this is going to end in me buying another kit :/

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    The last pressure plate I pulled out, other than mine, was noticably damaged with bent and broken fingers.

    I would say get a whole kit and be on the safe side. It would suck to order just one thing, drop the trans and have it be the other.

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    Guess hearing someone else say it is more of a wake then that gut feeling I was avoiding.
    Now to find someone who will resurface my flywheel with same day turn around.

    Thanks for the help.

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    Chances are its the disk, if it wore down then you adjusted it, and it grabbed again then the pressure plate might be ok. However the pressure plate can only have force so far, once the clutch wears down the pressure is reduced more and more, until it cant handle the torque and slips. If the pressure plate is messed up it does sometimes show. The the fingers will not all be inline with each other (some in or out further than the others).

    Your best bet is to replace it all now. If its slipped that much already then chances are the PP is already fairly worn down or uneven, and if you only replace the disk, you be back very soon replacing the disk again as it will wear wrong. It is also not worth ricking it and shooting a finger or spring through the bellhousing.

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    Ready for a twist? The ENTIRE way home, no matter how hard i tried (and i tried hard) I couldnt get it to slip. No combination of gear, throttle position, rpm, sudden WOT's, nothing. Havent touched a thing and this morning I needed every mussel in my body to keep it from slipping.

    False hope, or is something going on here.

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    Another possibility is your rear main seal could be leaking.

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    Hmm, that would make sense, would explain the odd behavior swings. I did an oil change this morning, possibly held it off on the leaks for the ride home?

    Considering how solid it felt, is the clutch worthy to save if the seal is replaced? Or would the oil pretty much screw it over for good.

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    If its already slipped the damage is done. It may stil be ok to drive that's up to you to find out if it continues to hold or not. I personally would recommend replacing it while you are in there to do the seal. That's one less time you have to take apart the car as well which is good.

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