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Offline anaheimtex

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Re: Clutch life
« Reply #20 on: September 07, 2019, 11:30:19 AM »
Thought clutch was in engine oil.
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Re: Clutch life
« Reply #21 on: September 07, 2019, 11:59:16 AM »
Just in case this is a serious question....The clutch itself is a wet clutch ie in engine oil but is operated by hydraulic pressure. So when you pull the lever the slave applies pressure to the push rod to disengage the clutch. Look next to the lever the there is Dot 4 in the fluid reservoir(looks like the one on the brake lever)
Dot 4 is hydroscopic so will absorb moisture and water can be compressed so the Dot 4 will be less effective over time hence the reason to change it once in a while. If it’s light brown in colour and transparent it should be ok. If it looks like coffee change it. 
« Last Edit: September 07, 2019, 12:13:54 PM by pug27 »

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Re: Clutch life
« Reply #22 on: September 07, 2019, 06:22:26 PM »
Sorry but water cannot be compressed! It's a liquid not a gas. In theory you could have all your hydraulic lines filled with water and they'd still work  :028:

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Re: Clutch life
« Reply #23 on: September 07, 2019, 06:59:31 PM »
Lol. You’ve got a point. What was I thinking.....I think I must have mixed it up with hydro lock. Doh.

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Re: Clutch life
« Reply #24 on: September 07, 2019, 07:19:55 PM »
*Originally Posted by BigLee [+]
Sorry but water cannot be compressed! It's a liquid not a gas. In theory you could have all your hydraulic lines filled with water and they'd still work  :028:
The issue is that if there is an accumulation of water in the brake fluid, it can be heated by aggressive braking and boil (becomes water vapor). That's when weird things happen as the pressure in the brake lines increases and brakes apply themselves.
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Re: Clutch life
« Reply #25 on: September 07, 2019, 09:12:10 PM »
That's why I said "in theory"  :028:

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Re: Clutch life
« Reply #26 on: September 07, 2019, 11:41:04 PM »
So be careful of aggressive clutching.   :002:

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Re: Clutch life
« Reply #27 on: September 08, 2019, 01:33:55 AM »
Water also corrodes the inner workings, leading to -- you guessed it -- expensive repairs.  :006:
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Re: Clutch life
« Reply #28 on: September 08, 2019, 08:44:32 AM »
You could always use baby oil but not in the brakes  :008:

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Re: Clutch life
« Reply #29 on: September 08, 2019, 01:35:32 PM »
Like Captian says, not the life of the clutch plates is an issue but leaking seal ( 2013 explorer ) and the current 2017 leaking slave cylinder. I'm not the only one as 2 of my friend with their 2018 model also had the slave cylinder replaced. So I would say there is an issue with the slave cylinder. Yes got it replaced under warranty but loosing your clutch in a downhill tight cornering road doesn't feel very comfortable to say the least. Gone was all the oil in a matter of seconds and no way of controlling anymore. Not fun!

 


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