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    Question: How to break in a NEW Clutch

    The dealer called and my new clutch and flywheel should be done by Thursday. I know that/how to make sure new brakes are all set after they are done.

    But what if anything different do I need to do with a new clutch on an '06 CS??

    I am looking forward to seeing if the clutch feels better/more like I am use to.


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    Re: Question: How to break in a NEW Clutch

    Drive it like you stoled it.

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    Re: Question: How to break in a NEW Clutch

    Quote Originally Posted by Dude987 View Post
    Drive it like you stoled it.
    lol. That's exactly what I was going to say, you beat me to it.
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    Re: Question: How to break in a NEW Clutch

    There's nothing you can do to break in a clutch.....so as said drive it like you normally should do, like you stole it!
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    Re: Question: How to break in a NEW Clutch

    Okay, all joking aside. Please drive normally for the first 500 miles. Try not to ride the clutch too much. After that then game on; otherwise you will significiantly reduce the life of the clutch. I once drove my car like I stole it and had to replace it 300 miles later. Not worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brasch View Post
    Thanks guys I assumed I'd have to be "good" for a while... Damn too bad she goes away for the winter when I get her home!
    Just make it a LONG drive home!
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    Re: Question: How to break in a NEW Clutch

    Quote Originally Posted by Giantkiller View Post
    Okay, all joking aside. Please drive normally for the first 500 miles. Try not to ride the clutch too much. After that then game on; otherwise you will significiantly reduce the life of the clutch. I once drove my car like I stole it and had to replace it 300 miles later. Not worth it.
    Sorry I don't agree....although it can do no harm.
    There is nothing to bed in as such in the same way there is with pads and rotors, which develop a lot more heat in use and do need bedding in because of the compounds etc. used in the pads. Pads come with a notice from the manufacturer on specific bedding in process, or at least detail it on their website, but I've never seen something for a clutch disc. Any possible bedding in would happen with normal driving.

    There was something wrong with your install or the clutch material if it only lasted 300 miles.

    Just drive your car as you normally would and it will be fine.
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    Re: Question: How to break in a NEW Clutch

    My experience has been to break a new clutch in gently (which usually occurrs with 500-1000 miles of gentle clutch use depending on manufacturer). If you're too hard on a new clutch, it will overheat and cause glazing, which creates its own set of issues and further accelerates wear.
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    Re: Question: How to break in a NEW Clutch

    For those that recommend to "drive it like you stole it," and were not kidding, watch the video from centerforce clutch. I can't bieleve you would tell someone that. It should be normal stop and go driving only for the first 500 miles, not dumping the clutch. The vid actually shows you why and it is not my only reference/experience. If you do drive it wrecklessley then you will only get a few 100 miles out of it and ruin the flywheel in the process.

    Centerforce University: Proper Clutch Break-In - YouTube

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    Re: Question: How to break in a NEW Clutch

    Quote Originally Posted by Dunebasher View Post
    Sorry I don't agree....although it can do no harm.
    There is nothing to bed in as such in the same way there is with pads and rotors, which develop a lot more heat in use and do need bedding in because of the compounds etc. used in the pads. Pads come with a notice from the manufacturer on specific bedding in process, or at least detail it on their website, but I've never seen something for a clutch disc. Any possible bedding in would happen with normal driving.

    There was something wrong with your install or the clutch material if it only lasted 300 miles.

    Just drive your car as you normally would and it will be fine.
    Driving it like you stole it is not normal driving.

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    Re: Question: How to break in a NEW Clutch

    Quote Originally Posted by Giantkiller View Post
    Driving it like you stole it is not normal driving.
    Maybe I was a bit tongue in cheek with that. Dumping a clutch is not good practice anyone if you want good life, but I don't agree with the video as they say "don't use full power". Full power will not harm the clutch unless you are keeping the power there when shifting, which is not normal operation.

    Driving fast (as if you stole it) is fine, it is dumping the clutch on take off that is not, and that is the same if it is a new clutch or not.

    You would have to be doing some serious high rpm take offs from a stop to cause glazing on a clutch.
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    Re: Question: How to break in a NEW Clutch

    Quote Originally Posted by Giantkiller View Post
    Driving it like you stole it is not normal driving.
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    Just picked up the CS wow the clutch is so light and engages sooo much better. Loving it!

    The showed me the bad flywheel and it had almost 1.5" of play! Now the car idles smooth, no surging like before!

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