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How do I adjust clutch on '98 Camry

Old 10-01-2011, 05:34 AM
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Default How do I adjust clutch on '98 Camry

I just had my clutch replaced on a 1998 Camry and it works fine only there appears to be a lot of play from the floor to where it engages. I only need to press the pedal a quarter of the way to shift gears. If I press it all the way to the floor while driving (I assume is the normal way to operate a clutch) and then raise the pedal it "slaps" into gear and the car jerks. It is harder to ease it into gear to get a smooth ride.
Maybe I just need to get used to the new clutch? Or is there some adjustment the mechanic did not do.

Old 10-01-2011, 08:58 AM
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The clutch does not have an adjustment at the clutch release fork.

Check the following items that can be adjusted.

Clutch pedal height. Height from the top of pedal pad (where your foot pushed), measured at the center of pad to floor with carpet removed.

4 cylinder 6.17-6.57 inch
V6 6.37-6.76 inch

There is stop nut under the dash that can be adjusted.

Pedal free play 0.197-0.591 inches

Free play is adjusted with the push rod up under the dash that engages the master cylinder.

To check for proper release:

Engage E-brake and block tires.
Start engine.
With the clutch NOT engaged slowly shift into reverse until you hear gear noise.
Gradually depress the clutch until the gear noise stops.

Pedal distance from full released to the noise stops should be 0.98 inch or more.
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