Can I ask you to explain what you mean by clutch pedal clearance? Do you mean that the clutch needs sufficient clearance so that it engages when depressed almost to the floor or when depressed only a little? Since we replaced the clutch in our CRV, we only have to depress the clutch pedal a centimetre or two before the clutch engages and we can change gear.
This problem generally recurs when we have either been driving for a reasonable length of time (45+ minutes, whether intermittently or otherwise) or if it is a really hot day as we experienced last weekend. That day the clutch was in poor shape from the minute we turned the engine on and it became worse as time went by.
I don't think the mechanic would have installed anything other than a new clutch. Certainly from looking at the invoice we received, the work all appears to have been done correctly, including machining of the flywheel etc. Naturally I cannot say where the clutch was sourced, but I have no qualms about the mechanic who performed the work.
One mechanic I have spoken to this week has suggested the problem might be in the pressure plate, whereby it might not be engaging fully with the flywheel. This would seem to be an obvious answer, especially since the problem only occurs when things have warmed up and metal has expanded in the heat. Even still, to replace the pressure plate would require so much labour as to justify replacing the entire clutch anyway.
Hope that helps?
Friday, September 26th, 2008 AT 7:35 PM