Dodge Aspen/Volare 1976-1980 Repair Guide

Clutch Pedal Free-Play

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ADJUSTMENT





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Fig. Fig. 1 Exploded view of the clutch pedal linkage. Adjustment is made with the nut on the fork rod



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Fig. Fig. 2 Loosen and remove the clutch and pressure plate bolts evenly, a little at a time ...



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Fig. Fig. 3 ... then carefully remove the clutch and pressure plate assembly from the flywheel



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Fig. Fig. 4 Check across the flywheel surface, it should be flat



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Fig. Fig. 5 If necessary, lock the flywheel in place and remove the retaining bolts ...



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Fig. Fig. 6 ... then remove the flywheel from the crankshaft in order replace it or have it machined



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Fig. Fig. 7 Upon installation, it is usually a good idea to apply a thread-locking compound to the flywheel bolts



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Fig. Fig. 8 Check the pressure plate for excessive wear



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Fig. Fig. 9 Be sure that the flywheel surface is clean, before installing the clutch



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Fig. Fig. 10 Typical clutch alignment tool, note how the splines match the transmission's input shaft



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Fig. Fig. 11 Install a clutch alignment arbor, to align the clutch assembly during installation



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Fig. Fig. 12 Clutch plate installed with the arbor in place



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Fig. Fig. 13 You may want to use a thread locking compound on the clutch assembly bolts



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Fig. Fig. 14 Install the clutch assembly bolts and tighten in steps, using an X pattern



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Fig. Fig. 15 Be sure to use a torque wrench to tighten all bolts

  1. Check that the rubber pedal stop is in good shape.
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  3. Under the car, turn the self-locking adjustment nut on the release fork operating rod to get about 5 / 32 in. free movement at the end of the fork. If the nut won't turn readily, the swivel is probably binding in the release fork. Tap it to free it.
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  5. Check the adjustment by making sure that you have 1 in. of free-play at the pedal. The easiest way to measure this is to hold a yardstick alongside the clutch pedal and press the pedal down until you can feel resistance.
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