Brand-new clutch feel
I just got my car back from the dealership after having the clutch replaced. It only had 110,000 km on the odometer, but a worn throw-out/release bearing was the primary reason for replacing the entire clutch assembly, not a worn clutch disk.
Anyway, I was hoping to get the opinion of fellow 6MT-drivers on some of my pre- and post-new-clutch observations.
1. The pedal effort is markedly lighter with the new clutch. It wasn't particularly heavy with the old clutch anyway, so now it's really quite light--perhaps too light. Is this expected?
2. The clutch friction (engagement) point is now higher up in the pedal travel. Previously, engagement would occur close to the floor, at about 10-20% of the pedal travel. It is now closer to the middle, perhaps 40-50% of the travel. Is this within normal limits?
3. Now, regarding a more subjective aspect...I was a bit disappointed at how the clutch replacement did not improve what I've always felt was vague and unforgiving clutch engagement in my TSX--something I chalked up to the worn throwout bearing. That is to say, when taking off from a standstill, the point at which the clutch engages is not obvious (more of a friction "range" versus a "point"). In contrast to the other manual transmission cars I've driven in the past, getting the car to begin moving by using only the clutch (i.e., no throttle) is nearly impossible without stalling. Consequently, I typically must initiate throttle application even before the car is really moving.
Members, please weigh in. Any insight is much appreciated!