GM Camaro 1982-1992 Repair Guide



All 1982-83 vehicles use a mechanical (non-hydraulic) clutch; 1984-92 models use a hydraulic clutch. With the hydraulic clutch, no adjustment of the clutch pedal or the linkage is required. On the mechanical type, the only required adjustment is to maintain the proper clutch pedal freeplay. The freeplay adjustment is very important, for it determines the engaging and disengaging characteristics of the clutch assembly.

The clutch assembly consists of: a flywheel, a pressure plate, a throwout bearing and fork, a clutch pedal, and an actuating lever (non-hydraulic) or a master cylinder/slave cylinder (hydraulic).

The hydraulic system utilizes a remote reservoir which is mounted to the power brake booster, a master cylinder mounted to the cowl panel and a slave cylinder that is mounted to the bell housing. The system is operated directly by the clutch pedal. When adding fluid to the reservoir, always use a type which meets DOT 3 specifications.

The clutch driven disc contains asbestos, which has been determined to be a cancer causing agent. Never clean clutch surfaces with compressed air! Avoid inhaling any dust from any clutch surface! When cleaning clutch surfaces, use a commercially available brake cleaning fluid.


Mechanical Linkage

See Figure 1

  1. Disconnect the return spring at the clutch fork.
  3. Hold the pedal against the rubber bumper on the dash brace.
  5. Push the clutch fork so that the throwout bearing lightly contacts the pressure plate fingers.

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Fig. Fig. 1: Free-play adjustment

  1. Loosen the locknut and adjust the length of the rod so that the swivel or rod can slip freely into the gauge hole in the lever. Increase the length of the rod until all free-play is removed.
  3. Remove the rod or swivel from the gauge hole and insert it in the other (original) hole on the lever. Install the retainer and tighten the locknut.
  5. Install the return spring and check freeplay measurement at the pedal pad.