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  1. Which ACT clutch assembly is best for my vehicle?
  2. What components are in an ACT clutch kit?
  3. How long can I expect my new ACT clutch to last?
  4. Will an ACT clutch increase my pedal effort?
  5. Is flywheel resurfacing necessary before installing a new clutch?
  6. My ACT clutch looks different than the stock clutch. Do I have the right clutch?
  7. Is it necessary to use the alignment dowel pins on my clutch?
  8. What clutch bolts and torque specifications should I use?
  9. Are there any special modifications necessary to install an ACT clutch?
  10. Are ACT clutches balanced?
  11. Is changing the pilot bearing recommended when installing a new clutch?
  12. Do ACT clutches require a break in period?
  13. Are ACT clutches repairable or rebuildable?
  14. Can a new ACT disc be purchased separately?
  15. How much does an ACT clutch weigh?
  16. My new throwout bearing appears to be off center on the bearing retainer and wobbles, is it defective?
  17. My application is not listed in the ACT catalog, what should I do?
  18. What parts in the clutch system/linkage should I inspect before installing a new clutch?
  19. What could cause clutch chatter?
  20. What could cause inadequate clutch release?
  21. What could cause clutch slippage?
  22. What could cause poor shifting quality or notchy shifting?
  23. Why do all ACT race discs come with a rigid hub?

 

1.  Which ACT clutch assembly is best for my vehicle?  It is important to match the proper ACT clutch system with the vehicle and its intended use! Knowing what characteristics you want in a clutch and the power capability of the engine is important.

  1. What is the vehicle used for? (Daily driving, Towing, Road racing, Drag racing, off road, Etc.)?  For towing or other street use we recommend the use of a street disc for smoother engagement. For racing or off road, a race disc will give faster shifting, more power capacity and more durability at the cost of harsher engagement.
  2. What is the maximum torque output of your engine? Torque capacity listed in our application chart should be about 10-20% greater than the engine’s torque output.
  3. How heavy is the vehicle? A heavier vehicle is harder on clutch parts than a lighter vehicle. More heat is generated in the clutch getting the heavier vehicle moving.

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2.  What components are in an ACT clutch kit?

All ACT kits contain a pressure plate and clutch disc, release bearing and alignment tool. Pilot bearings are in selected kits that call for a pilot bearing and have it available. Kit component parts are listed on our application chart.

 

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3.  How long can I expect my new ACT clutch to last?

All ACT products are designed with longevity in mind; however, clutch life will greatly depend on the vehicle, your type of driving and output of the engine. For example a vehicle driver in heavy stop and go traffic will have a shorter clutch life than the same vehicle that is driver on the open highway. 

 

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4.  Will an ACT Clutch increase pedal effort?

ACT pressure plates are specifically designed to handle high torque applications. With ACT’s durable design you can expect to have an increase in pedal effort between 15-80% depending on application. We could design our clutches with less pedal effort but longevity, torque capacity, or engagement quality would suffer.

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6.  Is flywheel resurfacing necessary before installing a new clutch?

A smooth, flat flywheel surface is essential for proper clutch operation. Flywheels are subject to heat, scoring and warping during use. If upon careful inspection there are signs of scoring, heat damage or warpage the flywheel should be resurfaced or replaced to assure good clutch performance. Resurfacing should be done on a flywheel-grinding machine only. Refer to your factory service manual or ACT information for resurfacing specifications (Flat, Step, Etc.). WARNING:  IF YOUR FLYWHEEL SHOWS ANY SIGNS OF CRACKING, REPLACE IT!  Never roughen the flywheel clutch surface with sanding as this reduces clutch life. The surfaces are designed to rub against each other (Producing Friction), not tear into each other (causing abrasion).

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7.  My ACT clutch looks different than the previous clutch. Do I have the right parts?

There are many manufacturers and designs for clutches. We do our best to use the best parts for your application. Check the part numbers and compare what is listed on our application chart for your vehicle. If the components fit properly without modification, chances are you have the right parts. If it appears something needs to be modified to make it work, stop and contact our tech department.

 

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8.  Is it necessary to use the alignment dowel pins on my clutch?

Yes! The alignment dowel pins properly locate the pressure plate to the flywheel.  Without these pins severe vibration and engine damage can result. The alignment dowel pins should always be replaced if they are damaged, broken off, or missing from the flywheel.

 

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9.  What clutch bolts and torque specifications should I use?

When using stock clutch bolts, refer to the manufacturer’s service manual for proper torque specifications. New bolts are highly recommended. ACT suggests using SAE Grade 8 or Metric Grade 10.9 fasteners and increasing the torque specifications (5/16 or 8mm bolts can be tightened to at least 30 ft. lbs. of torque).  Lock washers or thread locking compound is also recommended. Proper torque is crucial to your safety, take the time to get the correct pressure plate assembly and flywheel bolt torque specifications and tighten the bolts correctly using a high quality torque wrench. Also be sure to tighten bolts using a diametrical pattern as indicated in your vehicle’s repair manual. Never use air tools for installing or removing clutch bolts!

 

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10.  Are there any special modifications necessary to install an ACT clutch?

All ACT clutch assemblies are designed to be a direct bolt in replacement for the stock clutch assembly. Pedal height adjustments are sometimes necessary depending on application.  Please refer to our technical bulletins for further information.

 

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11.  Are ACT Clutches Balanced?

Yes! All ACT clutch assemblies are static balanced to help ensure smooth operation.

 

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12.  Is changing the pilot bearing recommended when installing a new clutch?

Yes, if your vehicle is equipped with a pilot bearing or bushing, it is recommended to replace and properly lube the pilot bearing/bushing when changing the clutch.

 

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13.  Do ACT clutches require a break in period?

For organic street discs “00 and SS” we recommend breaking in the clutch for 200-300 miles with mild engagement such as stop and go city driving prior to racing or spirited driving. ACT race discs usually only require a few hard slips to lap in the surfaces prior to normal driving or racing. Do not overheat the clutch during the break in period.

 

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14.  Are ACT clutches repairable or rebuildable?

Rebuild or repair may be possible in some cases, after inspection of the clutch assembly. Please contact our technical department for further information. Because of special modifications we do not recommend servicing by a general clutch rebuilder.

 

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15.  Can an ACT disc be purchased separately?

ACT discs can be purchased separately, however because of the labor involved in changing a clutch we do recommend replacing the entire clutch at the same time.

 

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16.  How much does an ACT clutch weigh?

The weight of the ACT clutch assembly will usually be the same as a stock O.E.M. clutch assembly.

 

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17.  My new throwout bearing appears to be off center on the bearing retainer and wobbles, is it defective?

There is nothing wrong with the bearing. Vehicles that have a self-centering bearing may appear to be off center or improperly manufactured, however, rest assured, the bearing will align and center itself properly during normal usage.

 

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18.  My application is not listed in the ACT catalog, what should I do?

Our application chart only shows the applications that we offer pressure plates for. We also offer many components for applications not listed. .

 

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19.  What parts in the clutch system linkage should I inspect before installing a new clutch?

If you are having clutch trouble prior to installing an ACT clutch, find the cause of the problem before installing the new clutch. There are many problems caused by worn or faulty linkage, oil contamination, and misalignment or transmission damage. Please see ACT’s installation instructions and your vehicle’s repair manual.

 

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20.  What could cause clutch chatter?

Chatter is when the car shudders as the clutch is being engaged. Possible cause may be as follows:

  1. Flywheel has excessive run-out.
  2. Flywheel was not resurfaced or improperly resurfaced before the new clutch was installed.
  3. Damaged or excessively worn CV joints.
  4. Bad U-Joints in drive shaft or U-Joints misaligned.
  5. Excessive backlash in differential.
  6. Excessive driveline angle.
  7. Bad leaf springs, bushings or mounts.
  8. The use of an aggressive clutch disc designed for racing.
  9. Defective pressure plate and/or disc.
  10. Disc has inadequate Marcel (Not enough cushion between the friction facing.).
  11. Oil or grease contamination on clutch facings.
  12. Worn or damaged clutch linkage.
  13. Bent pressure plate assembly and/or disc.
  14. Improperly tuned engine.
  15. Worn or damaged engine mounts or transmission mounts.

 

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21.  What could cause inadequate clutch release?

Inadequate clutch release can be caused by many problems. Possible causes may be as follows:

  1. Clutch linkage not properly adjusted or reset.
  2. Flywheel not resurfaced before new clutch installed.
  3. Flywheel surfaced improperly (I.E. Incorrect flywheel step).
  4. Flywheel machined too thin or not manufactured to stock (O.E.M.) specifications.
  5. Lack of lubrication on linkage or release bearing collar.
  6. Linkage worn or damaged.
  7. Hydraulics defective, leaking or air in the system.
  8. Cable stretched or damaged.
  9. Pilot bushing binding due to improper bellhousing alignment, bellhousing damaged, or loose.
  10. Clutch disc installed improperly.
  11. Clutch disc hub rubbing against flywheel bolts.
  12. Clutch disc binding on input shaft, damaged splines.
  13. Input shaft bent causing clutch disc runout.
  14. Pressure plate assembly and/or clutch disc bent or damaged.
  15. Clutch disc is too thick or has excessive Marcel (Too much cushion between the friction facings).
  16. Pressure plate has defective or damaged torque drive straps.
  17. Damaged, worn, or improperly installed pilot bushing/bearing.
  18. Oil or grease contamination on clutch facings.
  19. Damaged or worn throwout bearing collar.

 

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22.  What could cause clutch slippage?

  1. Improper clutch adjustment, lack of freeplay.
  2. Quadrant not reset properly or is faulty (On ratchet cable type linkage systems).
  3. Incorrect throwout bearing is being used (Too long).
  4. Clutch assembly contaminated with grease/oil.
  5. Clutch not fully properly seated in.
  6. Flywheel not resurfaced or surfaced improperly.
  7. Clutch assembly not designed for the application.
  8. Clutch assembly not designed for specific type of use (Racing/Competition, Etc.).
  9. Clutch not adequate for horsepower/torque of application.
  10. Incorrect gear ratio to tire diameter.
  11. Clutch assembly has lost facing material from one or both sides of the disc.
  12. Clutch assembly has failed or is defective.
  13. Flywheel surfaced improperly (I.E. Incorrect flywheel step).
  14. Damaged or worn throwout bearing collar.
  15. Damaged or bent pressure plate assembly and/or disc.

 

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23.  What could cause poor shifting quality?

  1. Improper clutch release caused by faulty linkage and/or improper adjustment.
  2. Improperly installed shifter.
  3. Improperly adjusted shifter or shift linkage.
  4. Damaged transmission parts (Bent shift fork, Etc.).
  5. Worn transmission synchronizer rings.
  6. Improper transmission lubricant (Check factory service manual for proper fluid type and viscosity).
  7. Pilot bushing/bearing binding on input shaft.
  8. Clutch disc hub rubbing flywheel or flywheel bolts.
  9. Damaged disc hub (Dampers came out and interfering with pressure plate or flywheel).
  10. Damaged or defective pressure plate torque straps.
  11. Bellhousing misalignment.

 

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24.  Why do all ACT race discs come with a rigid hub?

  The major purpose of springs in the hub of the clutch disc is to dampen out the torsional vibrations of the engine in order to quiet down the transmission noises under no load conditions. In racing, few people worry about noise. With the aggressive engagement of the friction materials used on the race disc chatter is a concern. If our discs were dampened, chatter would be worse from the extra wind-up affect of the dampeners. Without hub dampeners you will have less chatter, faster shifting due to the lighter weight and less to go wrong.

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