Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Pressure plate is grinding after clutch installation?

asked by on

I got my clutch replaced and with a performance one and i had to switch out the pressure plate twice because its grinding and not grabbing like its suspose to and have to jump start which has been taking a second and when i get it to start it doesnt sound as loud, like its not giving out as much power as should . Everytime you try engaging the clutch it grinds and wont fully grab like suspose to. Changed the entire clutch kit even brand new clutch fork and slave cyclinder.

My car has 150000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

Hello. It sounds to me like something is misaligned, too wide or out of adjustment. The old and new parts should have been compared before you put the new parts into your vehicle to make sure everything lines up. I suggest that you check the reviews on your performance parts you purchased as well. Some performance parts providers claim it to work fine but when you read the reviews it says otherwise. Also be sure to use the clutch alignment tool when installing the clutch kit. Please also check the shim between the engine block and transmission bell housing. If the shim is not in its proper place it can cause the engine and transmission to seat together too closely which would cause an issue such as you’ve described.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Pressure plate is grinding after clutch installation?

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Power windows slow to close

There is a high failure rate with the electric window motors on your particular vehicle. The electric motors will need to be replaced in order for the windows to operate smoothly and efficiently. Replacing the motors requires removing the interior...

Q: Car acceleration is slow to respond to gas pedal

Hi there. From your description I am going to assume you try to accelerate and the engine speed does rise, but it feels like the transmission doesn't engage until a higher engine speed and then it catches. In this case,...

Q: A/C compressor shims clutch

Hello. The amplifier draw for your air conditioning compressor should be between 10amp-20amp. I do not believe that there are shims in the clutch plate. The best thing to do would be to purchase a Chilton manual for your van....

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.