How To Install a New Clutch in a Honda Civic

Ah, the Honda Civic--the lone car line that made Honda a car manufacturing giant. Yes, it was this particular line that allowed Honda to enter the big leagues. Today, this line continues to wow many car enthusiasts, promising high performance, low maintenance costs, and extreme durability.

Of course, nothing lasts forever. Parts and components will eventually wear down prompting you to install new parts to maintain a car’s high level of performance. The same can be said of the Honda Civic. For example, while the clutch of any Honda Civic is considered to be one of the best and easiest to handle, through constant use and abuse, it will break down and will require replacement. When that happens, you will need to know how to do it. Fortunately, here are some steps to get you through, assuming that the old and worn out clutch has already been removed.

  • Prep the flywheel. Squeeze into the bottom recesses of your vehicle and locate the flywheel. This should not be a problem since you already know where it is based on the assumption that you removed the old clutch already. To clean it, simply spray a light layer of brake cleaner. This will somewhat disinfect the flywheel however, it will also prevent you from touching it again, at least for now.
  • Prep the pressure plate. Cleaning this will be necessary as well. The new pressure plate that comes with the assembly will simply need a wipe down. It is imperative that no grease or oil will be on this particular part. In fact, it needs to be spotless.
  • Assemble. With the clutch disc and the pressure plate now in hand as part of the clutch assembly, connect both together by placing the inner side of the clutch disc into the inner side of the pressure plate. At this point, the side marked as flywheel should be facing out. This side will be place onto the flywheel later on.
    Once that is done, squeeze back under the car and put the entire assembly (clutch disc and pressure plate together) onto the flywheel. Align everything in place at the center of hole by inserting the alignment tool that came with the assembly. Once aligned, refrain from moving the assembly any further. Keep it in place with the tool.
    At this point, use your other hand to tighten the bolts on the pressure plate to the flywheel. You can do this by hand for now. Make sure to apply equal pressure on each bolt to level the assembly. At a certain point, you will be able to insert the alignment tool through the center and onto the hub followed by the crankshaft. If you are able to work it that way, you will know that the entire assembly is centered. When that is done, lock in the bolts tightly with a wrench. Do this in a crisscross alternating pattern.

The final procedure to complete the installation will be to torque the bolts. Use a torque wrench and set to exactly to a 19 foot-pound setting. Use it to tighten the bolts. You will know when the bolts are at the desired tension when the wrench gives a clicking sound.


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