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Old 04-23-2011, 03:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 98 Suzuki Sidekick Sport clutch install?

I got all my clutch parts 3 days ago and I was wondering if there was a write up on installing a clutch for this model car. Anyone know or anyone do it themselves?
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I got the clutch in today. The old clutch disk had broken springs... anyway, after the clutch install I still couldn't get the car into gear at all AND the new flywheel I ordered from RockAuto wasn't the right one so I used the stock one which was still in good condition! So I adjusted the master cylinder and it went into gear, BUT the clutch catches literally an inch off the floor. Why does it do this?
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I got the clutch in today. The old clutch disk had broken springs... anyway, after the clutch install I still couldn't get the car into gear at all AND the new flywheel I ordered from RockAuto wasn't the right one so I used the stock one which was still in good condition! So I adjusted the master cylinder and it went into gear, BUT the clutch catches literally an inch off the floor. Why does it do this?
sport clutch, its got a real sensitive flex plate. you can adjust out the cable a bit, but just get used to it. They tune them that way for fast shifting. A sport clutch is designed so you can shift really fast right? so you can keep your RPMS in the power zone and keep your foot on it half pressed without "riding ' the clutch and burning it out. Just adjust out your cable a bit and it should be fine, but I d leave it closer to the floor like that, Thats how I like mine =] . My WRX was like that with a $300 sport clutch in it
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the sport dont have a clutch cable it is hydraulic clutch.
and never buy parts for any 1.8 ( you never did spec out car, why that?)
ALWAYS do a reverse parts look up on all 1.8L Suzuki Sport parts.
see part online.
get Pn. and mfg
look up part in Makers CATALOG on line. this is not hard.

no location, no car spec, , how can we help you with zero input, just 98 sport.
in Europe somewhere they sell 1.6L with sport on side, kinda confusing , no?
some dealer put sport logs on sides of cars.. spec out the car man.
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sport clutch, its got a real sensitive flex plate. you can adjust out the cable a bit, but just get used to it. They tune them that way for fast shifting. A sport clutch is designed so you can shift really fast right? so you can keep your RPMS in the power zone and keep your foot on it half pressed without "riding ' the clutch and burning it out. Just adjust out your cable a bit and it should be fine, but I d leave it closer to the floor like that, Thats how I like mine =] . My WRX was like that with a $300 sport clutch in it
I don't have a sport clutch. My model car is a Suzuki Sidekick Sport 1.8L
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I don't have a sport clutch. My model car is a Suzuki Sidekick Sport 1.8L
lol,.....I totally misread that one....my bad. =]

Ive been up all night....New antibiotics from my surgery wont let me sleep.

No idea with the 1.8L sports. I have never messed with a suzuki hydo clutch
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rockauto 1.8L
ACDELCO Part # 388133 More Information About this Part {#19182041}

i did the delco look up, Delco wrongly lists 1.6L flywheel for the SPORT 1.8 !! Way to go DELCO !
so rockauto and every store , will have it wrong, Delco is crazy.huh?

the esteem flywheel 1.8 dont fit either.
i dont see any top clutch maker selling sport flywheels. zachs , exidy, rhinopak, zip.

btw , i say bleed the Clutch master slave , more carefully, you have air in the clutch Lines.

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( you ID'd the motor unambiguously , cheers )
the 1.8L clutch is self adjusting
mostly.
depends on what was messed with.
from my clutch page.
assuming you didnt fiddle part #3
assuming your clutch supplier gave you a 1.8L clutch kit
did you save the boxs.
give name of mfg of clutch and pn on box , ill look it up in the catalogs
to see if you even put in the right clutch
never just buy a 1.8L clutch with out looking them up , at sources first.
(gawd help you if its a delco clutch , no?)


from my clutch page..........
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if all parts are correct.
bleed it again.
get out all the air.

the piston rod on #7 moves .75" (3/4's of an inch) with full pedal travel
took us a long time to learn that.

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catches literally an inch off the floor
if consistent,?
low catch is bad linkage adjust, did you set pedal height by the book.
1/4" higher than brake pedal.
and move the MC adjuster #3 so there is almost no play , after, but not before
setting pedal height.?
if there is air in the system the Slave piston will never move its full distance
and will not disengage or do so late.
the air compresses but not fluid,
that means the STROKE is greatly reduced. (with air in system.)

that is all there is to this system.

keep in mind, like air craft and motor cycles.
the air wants to go UP and i bet your bleeding down.

counter opposing forces, see?

on some cars you can use 2x4 and hold pedal down all night,
and all air will work up to the MC and leak out the bleed hole in MC.
works on MC like crazy (using bungee cords)

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the sport dont have a clutch cable it is hydraulic clutch.
and never buy parts for any 1.8 ( you never did spec out car, why that?)
ALWAYS do a reverse parts look up on all 1.8L Suzuki Sport parts.
see part online.
get Pn. and mfg
look up part in Makers CATALOG on line. this is not hard.

no location, no car spec, , how can we help you with zero input, just 98 sport.
in Europe somewhere they sell 1.6L with sport on side, kinda confusing , no?
some dealer put sport logs on sides of cars.. spec out the car man.
I gave my full specs in other threads which you replied to so I thought I didn't need to give the specs in this thread. That's a drag that the correct parts aren't even listed.
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rockauto 1.8L
ACDELCO Part # 388133 More Information About this Part {#19182041}

i did the delco look up, Delco wrongly lists 1.6L flywheel for the SPORT 1.8 !! Way to go DELCO !
so rockauto and every store , will have it wrong, Delco is crazy.huh?

the esteem flywheel 1.8 dont fit either.
i dont see any top clutch maker selling sport flywheels. zachs , exidy, rhinopak, zip.

btw , i say bleed the Clutch master slave , more carefully, you have air in the clutch Lines.
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( you ID'd the motor unambiguously , cheers )
the 1.8L clutch is self adjusting
mostly.
depends on what was messed with.
from my clutch page.
assuming you didnt fiddle part #3
assuming your clutch supplier gave you a 1.8L clutch kit
did you save the boxs.
give name of mfg of clutch and pn on box , ill look it up in the catalogs
to see if you even put in the right clutch
never just buy a 1.8L clutch with out looking them up , at sources first.
(gawd help you if its a delco clutch , no?)


from my clutch page..........
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if all parts are correct.
bleed it again.
get out all the air.

the piston rod on #7 moves .75" (3/4's of an inch) with full pedal travel
took us a long time to learn that.


if consistent,?
low catch is bad linkage adjust, did you set pedal height by the book.
1/4" higher than brake pedal.
and move the MC adjuster #3 so there is almost no play , after, but not before
setting pedal height.?
if there is air in the system the Slave piston will never move its full distance
and will not disengage or do so late.
the air compresses but not fluid,
that means the STROKE is greatly reduced. (with air in system.)

that is all there is to this system.

keep in mind, like air craft and motor cycles.
the air wants to go UP and i bet your bleeding down.

counter opposing forces, see?

on some cars you can use 2x4 and hold pedal down all night,
and all air will work up to the MC and leak out the bleed hole in MC.
works on MC like crazy (using bungee cords)
Yes, I also did get the AC Delco clutch too. WOW, now I'm pissed! I also bled the clutch several times.
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