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1985-1996 Fleetwood and Brougham Forum Discussion, First Fleetwood Clutch failure ever recorded! in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Dammit Dammit Dammit!!!! So I'm driving home from work tonight on the highway, cruising along in 6th and everything's cool. ...
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    Dammit Dammit Dammit!!!!

    So I'm driving home from work tonight on the highway, cruising along in 6th and everything's cool. Oh, my exit is coming up, time to switch lanes. I change lanes and push in the clutch to downshift... *pop* Pedal does NOTHING! Uh-oh. So this isn't good... Broke down at the busiest intersection around. Rte 495 & Rte 93 cloverleaf. Yay!

    The rod going from the clutch pedal to the clutch master broke.





    Turns out that the master was just slightly off axis when mounted and the rod was at a funky angle. So it finally failed due to fatigue. I have ordered the parts and it'll be fixed tonight. Just thought I'd share with you guys.

    Should I have left it stock???? HELL NO!!!!

    *cuz it's a lot of fun to break parts*

    Me calling the parts guy:

    Me: Hello, I need a clutch master and slave assembly for a 96 Fleetwood.

    Parts Guy: OK. So that's a.... WHAT?!?!?!

    Me: Just kidding. It's for a 97 Z28. *wink*



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    Re: First Fleetwood Clutch failure ever recorded!

    That's funny stuff about you calling for the parts.
    Hope it doesn't hold you up too long. That is the price to pay for switching it to stick but im sure you don't care.

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    Re: First Fleetwood Clutch failure ever recorded!

    Quote Originally Posted by toomanytoyz
    Turns out that the master was just slightly off axis when mounted and the rod was at a funky angle. So it finally failed due to fatigue. I have ordered the parts and it'll be fixed tonight.
    Stupid question:

    What's going to keep it from breaking again? Will you be able to fit the master correctly?

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    Re: First Fleetwood Clutch failure ever recorded!

    Quote Originally Posted by Elvis
    Stupid question:

    What's going to keep it from breaking again? Will you be able to fit the master correctly?
    Well, not to point fingers, but my buddy who installed the master missed the bolt hole with the bolt so it was misaligned. I'll reinstall it correctly, with the bolt actually going through the bolt hole, and the geometry will be correct.

    Hey, shit happens, ya know?

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    Re: First Fleetwood Clutch failure ever recorded!

    Surprising that it lasted this long. That's a lot of stress on a rod that small.

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    Re: First Fleetwood Clutch failure ever recorded!

    At least it was not the clutch itself! Hope you get it working! Damn camaro parts......

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    All Better! She's back on the road.

    Oh, and the clutch actually feels a bit better now then it ever did... I guess the correct geometry really makes a difference!

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