Clutch Clinic: Hyundai Getz 1.4

Re­new­ing the clutch on a Hyundai Getz 1.4 job is time-con­sum­ing and at­ten­tion to de­tail is re­quired at ev­ery stage. But the job it­self isn’t dif­fi­cult, says Kim Hen­son.

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This 2006 Hyundai Getz 1.4 was suf­fer­ing from a se­ri­ously slip­ping clutch and it was only just pos­si­ble to drive the car to the work­shop of J&C Mo­tors in Bournemouth.

If the clutch has started to slip, al­most al­ways indi­cat­ing wear on the driven plate, stop driv­ing the car as soon as pos­si­ble or over­heat­ing of the fly­wheel drive face may oc­cur due to ex­ces­sive fric­tion. Tackle the clutch change as soon as you can, to min­imise dam­age and keep costs down.

Our ad­vice is to al­ways fit a com­plete kit of the three main clutch com­po­nents: the driven plate, pres­sure plate assem­bly and re­lease bear­ing. It takes a long time and much ef­fort to re­move and re­fit the gear­box and clutch assem­bly. In our view, re­newal of in­di­vid­ual clutch com­po­nents is al­ways a false econ­omy, par­tic­u­larly since any that you don’t re­new prob­a­bly won’t last very long when in­te­grated with new parts.

Most of the work in reach­ing and re­mov­ing the gear­box takes place from the left-hand side of the en­gine bay. At first glance, this seems a daunt­ing prospect as this area is packed with elec­tri­cal ca­bles, hoses, gearchange assem­bly com­po­nents and sup­port brack­ets. How­ever, if you work me­thod­i­cally, the step-by-step pro­ce­dure isn’t too tricky, al­though it would be best to set aside a whole day for the job if tack­ling it for the first time.

Be par­tic­u­larly care­ful when de­tach­ing the var­i­ous elec­tri­cal ca­bles and their plas­tic clips/con­nec­tor as­sem­blies, of which there are many, es­pe­cially around the bat­tery tray. These may have be­come weak and brit­tle with age, so can snap or crack if you don’t treat them with care. It is a good idea to make notes and draw di­a­grams of the cable lay­outs, to en­sure cor­rect re­fit­ting of com­po­nents in their orig­i­nal po­si­tions. It’s also help­ful to care­fully store all the parts re­moved in clearly-la­belled con­tain­ers.

THANKS John Far­row, pro­pri­etor of J&C Mo­tors in Bournemouth (Tele­phone 01202 429420).

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