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I am sort of new here, I tried searching for this and couldn't find anything.


I just bought a 98 200sx with almost 60k on it. I just had the clutch replaced a couple days ago. With the new clutch it seems to want to "catch" with the pedal too close to the floor. In other words, I really have to push hard and all the way down to go into reverse, AND let the rpms drop. Anything else and it grinds like hell. Sometimes it grinds in 2nd (which I gather is 'common' in these cars)

My clutch cable is adjusted all the way, there are no more threads left the adjust to. For now, I have installed a rubber 'shim' that I had in my basement (amongst the junk) and it has helped, but I think I need a new cable.


So, is it common for clutch cables to stretch that much after 60k miles? I am not sure if the cable is stretched or if the guy that changed my clutch did it incorrectly. There isn't anything he could do that would cause that is there? Is it possible that my flywheel is ground down too much or something?

My main concern is that the mechanic fuxored up my clutch or something, however it doesn't grind and I don't get clutch chatter.

How difficult is it to replace the clutch cable?


Is there an adjustment on the pedal-side? (I didn't see one)


Thanks!
 

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easier said than done...

It's sunday. Dealership is closed, and autozone, advance, or pep boys do not have it.




Any idea how much it would be?
 

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when clutch cable is replaced with a new one, fully depress clutch pedal 50 times as a break-in procedure( to pre-stretch the clutch cable ), then adjust the cable, push withrawal lever by hand until a resistnace is felt, then tighten the adjusting nut, turn back adjusting nut 2.5 to 3.5 turns, and then tighten lock nut, withrawal lever play should be around 2.5 to 3.5mm, also make sure cruise control switch is also adjusted properly under the dash, by the clutch pedal mechanism.....
 

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I had a 1993 acura integra gs 5 speed before this 98 200sx... The integra went from the day I bought it (15k miles, ) to 205k miles with 1 clutch and never having to replace the clutch cable. I just bought this 200sx with 60k and it needed a new clutch when I bought it AND I had to replace the clutch cable.



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Just to help anyone else out, the haynes manual instructions DO NOT WORK if you have cruise control. There is some sort of vacuum valve you have to remove, and there are bolts underneath the wheel well to get it off. It was a bitch trying to find those bolts.


As far as adjusting the clutch, I did that. Cruise control works, I dont know/think I have to adjust anything on that?...
 

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huh???!?!?!?!?

okay...........
i think hondas use hydraulic clutch, but not sure, and vacuum valve, what car are you talking about?? also, these instructions are from the nissan 200sx holy bible, not haynes, and a whole lot of experience......
 

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I was looking for threads on how to adjust my clutch cable. I think mine is slipping and will need to be replaced but at 33,000 That's obviously too soon for just daily driving so I'm hoping maybe a tweek or two will put me back in shape. How do I adjust. On my way to work, the car took a gang of time and high rpms to move into 1st and into 2nd. This afternoon, The problem seemed better but I could still notice a delay. Thanks. Pablo
 
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im glad someone asked this question because i am having the same problem with my car. im a n00b with cars right now and am just now starting to get into them. i got a really good deal on my se-r and bought it about a week ago and the car has like 116k on it. the previous owner had put a new racing clutch in the car and its a short shaft. anyways the car is fine when just turned on but when it gets nice and warmed up i have a hell of a time trying to get into gear, mainly just 1st and 2nd. the clutch pedal is pretty close to the floor and i was thinking that maybe the button that the pedal pushes is to far away and that its just not going all the way in but then again i have no problem getting into 3rd, 4th, or 5th gear. when i try to put it into 1st and 2nd i get some grinding no matter how hard i push down on the pedal and reverse is even worse. so after reading some of these posts im thinking now that maybe its the clutch cable or something. about how much does one of these cost? im really hoping that its just this cable and not that whoever put in the clutch didnt fook up my car. anyways any help would greatly be appreciated.
 

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as far as the grinding in reverse.....I found it's normal in our cars unless you're at idle; as far as the grinding in second (such as when downshifting), try changing the gear oil. I switched to redline and the grinding went away.

I replaced my clutch a year ago after my cable snapped do to too much pressure from the pressure plate. The cable cost about 150 bucks including labor because of the cruise control thing mentioned earlier. Moral: if your pedal is getting stiff....have your clutch looked at early before you're stranded.
 

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Hey guys this is my first post here so go easy. My Gf's 200sx se-r is having the same problem after having her clutch replaced. I was wondering where the adjustment is for the cable. I really can't get a good look at it since it's dark out, but any help would be appreciated. thanks-James
 

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well that's all I need for now(I hope), thanks for the quick response. I may be back to ask about replacing it tomorrow. Thanks again-James
 

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well thet did the trick for now but I think it's gonna need a new cable pretty soon, it's adjusted all the way out now and still has about 1" of play in the pedal. the pedal feels pretty rough going in if that makes any sense, so i guess there is some build up on the cable itself. It doesn't seem like the best design but who am I anyway. Thanks again for the help-James
 

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dude I have the same problem.. I replaced my cable, and it took about a month before it started again. I then placed THREE washers adding a little more than an inch. That worked for about a month.. and now it catches a little bit about an inch off the floor... then stays at the same "catching power" for about halfway to 2/3'rds of the way up.. then fully engages.

pep boys did my clutch, and I am not sure what to do
 

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im having a weird clutch problem as well..my clutch was fine until one day i press the pedal and it is very stiff and skreetched very loud,,it takes effort to push in the pedal now and it also is very loud,,but it doesnt do this if it is cold outside just when the car warms up the clutch is harder to engage,,could this be the cable or do i need a clutch,,it still grips fine
 

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i have snapped my cable after putting in my act xtreme pp, i found it to get hard to press and kinda "scratchy" then it snapped, so i would replace any that feel that way, i also put many washers and it still lets out in the middle. also if a shop replaces your clutch in a b14 the bearng tends to fall out a little and will cause probs later... out team mech had to put mine back in 3 times the last time because he did know to be that careful. he has a b13 and hadnt had a prob with all the b13s he'd done, so you can check that too. another b14 in our club as well as i also tore the fork at the top of the tranny where the cable connects... make sure to keep you eyes on that, it seems the are a bit weaker in b14s... i hope some of that info helps someone... it didnt help us 'till it was too late.
 

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well i fixed my problem today..i replaced the cable and it is perfect..couldnt get much easier to push..i have an act clutch thats been in for about 30,000 miles and it does really goood but the cable that went bad has been on since the car was made..so before anyone replaces the clutch me sure to check the cable;)
 
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