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post #1 of 9 Old 01-17-2014, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
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How to adjust clutch pedal engagement point?

Hi, newbie here...

Does anyone know how to adjust the clutch so it engages earlier so there is more free play?

Im not sure if its normal but the clutch engages after about 50-60% released...I know its a self adjusting clutch but its so hard to feel for it when there's so little free play and also accord's sensitive gas pedal throttle...

A new clutch should engage after you release it like 20-25% right?
so if clutch can be depressed 4 inches it should start to bite after you release 1 inch?

I googled that hydraulic self adjusting clutches dont need adjusting but I also read somewhere you can adjust the slave cylinder pushrod or something and can change the engagement point?

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There isn't a whole lot you can do to adjust your clutch. Your engagement point is going to be pretty much be whatever it is. You should be able to look at your clutch pedal and see where you adjust it. The following from the service manual provides the specifications for what can be adjusted. Good luck.


Loosen the clutch pushrod locknut, and turn the
pushrod in or out to get the specified height,
stroke, free play, and disengagement height
at the clutch pedal.

Clutch Pedal Stroke: 130-140 mm (5.12-5.51 in.)
Clutch Pedal Free Play: 10-18 mm (0.39-0.71 in.)
Clutch Pedal Height: 191 mm (7.52 in.)
Clutch Pedal Disengagement Height:95 mm (3.74 in.)


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A "sensitive throttle" is testament to a responsive, happy revving engine which Honda is known for. What you described sounds ideal, quick disengagement up high and a consistent engagement point low on the return. That means your clutch is healthy I would just try and learn how to drive your accord smoother through practice and time. Every car is different and every clutch pedal needs to be modulated differently.

What year is your car? 4 or 6-cylinder? How many miles?

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A "sensitive throttle" is testament to a responsive, happy revving engine which Honda is known for. What you described sounds ideal, quick disengagement up high and a consistent engagement point low on the return. That means your clutch is healthy I would just try and learn how to drive your accord smoother through practice and time. Every car is different and every clutch pedal needs to be modulated differently.

What year is your car? 4 or 6-cylinder? How many miles?
Hi, 4 cylinder, 200k kms or 125k miles

"consistent engagement point low on the return"

The engagement point on the return isn't very low, it engages after i release more than 1/2 the distance the clutch can be depressed, is this normal?
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Yes, this is "normal." When my stock clutch was on its last legs it was near the top of travel on the return where it started to engage. As the Clutch wore, the engagement point traveled further and further up until it had no "noticeable" engagement point.

My new clutch started to engage about an inch off the floor. PAIN IN THE NECK! And now it's about 1/3rd to 1/2 of the way off the floor to the top of travel.

Firm, noticeable operation is a good thing, indicating minimal wear.
Spongy, muted, soft operation is bad. This usually means worn out components. It's more important HOW engagement feels rather than where it happens. It's not the most precise answer but having a strong engagement is the important factor. Pedal play sounds fine from what you described. Especially in regards to a 7/7.5 Gen Accord.

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Yes, this is "normal." When my stock clutch was on its last legs it was near the top of travel on the return where it started to engage. As the Clutch wore, the engagement point traveled further and further up until it had no "noticeable" engagement point.

My new clutch started to engage about an inch off the floor. PAIN IN THE NECK! And now it's about 1/3rd to 1/2 of the way off the floor to the top of travel.

Firm, noticeable operation is a good thing, indicating minimal wear.
Spongy, muted, soft operation is bad. This usually means worn out components. It's more important HOW engagement feels rather than where it happens. It's not the most precise answer but having a strong engagement is the important factor. Pedal play sounds fine from what you described. Especially in regards to a 7/7.5 Gen Accord.
Ic...Im sorta a newbie manual driver but it kinda felt like too much variation when trying to "find" the catch point everytime when starting from a red light...

I know learning to drive better and learning to feather the pedals is important but would it be possible maybe to decrease the pedal travel by an inch so the bottom out of the clutch is 1 inch higher?

The clutch does catch fairly firmly and smoothly so its just a matter of wear and tear it seems due to 125k miles on it...

Where can i find the service manual to adjust:
"Clutch Pedal Stroke: 130-140 mm (5.12-5.51 in.)
Clutch Pedal Free Play: 10-18 mm (0.39-0.71 in.)
Clutch Pedal Height: 191 mm (7.52 in.)
Clutch Pedal Disengagement Height:95 mm (3.74 in.)"
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It took me a while to get used to mine. I would just get used it and you should be ok.

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I don't think I could every really say..........

.......the factory clutch in the Gen7 6-6 has a strong engagement point.

I'd sure like that.

Enter the Slave Cylinder Check Valve.

Otherwise, a (MHO) fuel efficient, dependable machine.

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.......the factory clutch in the Gen7 6-6 has a strong engagement point.

I'd sure like that.

Enter the Slave Cylinder Check Valve.

Otherwise, a (MHO) fuel efficient, dependable machine.

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