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OOPS. Clutch is grinding!

crisqob on Tue September 04, 2007 11:48 AM User is offline

Year: 1996
Make: Ford
Model: T-Bird
Engine Size: 3.8

My pulley assembly was dry and i re-packed the bearings. But i noticed that when re-installing the clutch plate i no longer have the .20 or whatever gap i'm supposed to have. Infact, i have no gap at all. how do i get that gap back? My clutch is grinding against the pulley now. I screwed something up. Is there like some sort of washer or something that fits in between the two? I've got the C-Clip installed, and to my knowledge it is fully engaged.

TRB on Tue September 04, 2007 12:46 PM User is offlineView users profile

FS10 compressor has shims that separate the clutch hub and pulley face. Should be on the floor or work bench somewhere.


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The Power of Dreams on Fri September 07, 2007 10:44 AM User is offline

Yes, you'll need shims. I gapped a clutch on an FS-10 for a customer. I believe 0.030" - 0.035" was the gap it required.

If you are going to gap the clutch, you might as well remove the clutch hub itself before gapping it, and then clean the pulley face with some brake cleaner (if it's contaminated with grease). The one on my customer's Ford truck had grease on it, whether from a seal leak or from his hands. That caused the clutch to slip when engaging the pulley. Also, check the voltage to the clutch coil connector. If the clutch coil is not receiving at least 10.8 volts (or more), it will cause the clutch to slip against the pulley (since the clutch is attracted to the pulley by magnetic forces produced by voltage to the coil). There's no reason not to perform these brief procedures while you're fiddling with the clutch.

Edited: Fri September 07, 2007 at 10:53 AM by The Power of Dreams

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