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Clutch problems on a 2003 V6 accord EX

Old 04-02-2009, 07:57 AM
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My first guess is to check all of the heat shields on the car. There is one covering the exhaust manifold in the engine bay, and a bunch under the car following the exhaust. They can get bent or loosen up over time causing nasty rattles

Do you do a lot of city driving? A clutch normally wears out between 100,000 and 200,000 miles depending on the driver and driving conditions.

The sounds you're experiencing could be clutch chatter, it usually happens when the clutch has worn down too much and sounds a lot like a diesel engine. The sounds usually happens when first starting from a stop, shifting gears, etc.

I would either get a Honda OEM clutch (from the dealer, not an auto parts store) or an OEM replacement or Stage 1 clutch from an aftermarket company like Exedy, ACT, Clutchmasters, or Fidanza.

EDIT: Here's a good link on clutch basics and types: http://www.turbomagazine.com/tech/04...ics/index.html
Old 04-02-2009, 06:27 PM
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curious what would be the benifit of a after market clutch?
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