what causes a clutch to loose 100% of the friction material? | Ford Escort Owners Association (FEOA)

what causes a clutch to loose 100% of the friction material?

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  1. mk96

    mk96 New Member

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    well...just wondering...I went to help a friend change out his clutch after the car quit driving down the highway...and there was ABSOLUTELY NO FRICTION MATERIAL on the clutch...NONE, NADA, ZIP, ZILCh...u get the idea...

    he said it was driving fine and started slowing down in 5th gear so he went to 4th and it kept slowing down and then 3rd...and he finally pulled off and the car wouldn't move after he stopped...

    The clutch WAS only 2ish years old...a napa unit and had a Centerfoirce Dual friction pressure plate(what i had when the car used to be mine).....there were clutch "shavings" behind the flywheel and sitting on teh inspection cover plate on the bottom...




    I'm just wondering if it was a clutch failure(some freak design or whatever) or If it was some kind of driver error...even though i got paid 100 bucks to help change it, I would rather he not have to get it replaced every 5-6k miles(that's how much he has put on it since I sold it to him...my old 96LX)
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    I believe Marclar had posted a pic of a clutch that did this one time, but I don't recall ever reading what caused it...
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    major New Member

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    Got any oil leaks near the clutch?
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    could just be a bad mixture used for the friction material. No mixture is the same. Just like cement used to build houses... if the mixture is bad you have balconies falling off and shit.
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    inside the tranny where teh clutch and flywheel it was all good...no oil on/in the flywheel/clutch or anywhere near it...
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    marclar Moderator Staff Member

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    hmm.. you mean kinda like this? this was mine last year.

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    its caused by lots of friction. it took 3 miles from mine to go from barely sliping, to no material at all. my friend had to push me the rest of the way home.

    it doesnt take much. little slipping will go along way.
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    therieldeal FEOA Member

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    thats crazy... i baked the clutch in my wagon for about 6 months straight, because i had nothing else to drive. it would slip going up hills, or any time i passed about 1/2 throttle. i even got pissed at it a few times and tried to break the tires loose, resulting in a nice slow, smooth take-off at a steady 6000 rpm :lol:. right before i changed the clutch finally (i parked the car for a while once i got my GT), i went to move it and it didnt have enough grip to move the car out of the small ruts that had formed in the ground from the weight of the car...

    it was fried but it was still 100% intact when i took it out... nothing like yours marclar.

    -jon
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    The pressure plate is not exerting enough pressure. Something is wrong with this picture, bent broke or too large/small, keeping the plate from giving enough pressure to sandwich the clutch material between the flywheel and the pressure plate. Some times you can fry a clutch in an afternoon, never mind six months. Get your foot off the pedal if your riding that!

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