When I first got my 98 civic at 90k the clutch pedal had a good 1/2-1” of free play and no problem engaging gears.
Recently at 195k with original clutch I started having issues engaging gears. I noticed the clutch fluid was black and thick. Flush didn’t help so I decided to change the slave and master cylinders.
After adjusting the pedal play to how it was (1/2-1”) I had same issues engaging gears.
I realized the only way to get proper engagement was to reduce the play to the minimum about 1mm, barely noticeable at my foot.
Driving around till it’s fully warmed up and it doesn’t slip (previously had it too tight and it would slip once warm)
If my clutch was really worn down, would it explain why I need to eliminate a lot of pedal play for proper engagement? Less disc material meaning more travel of the clutch fork to get it disengaged fully?
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