Honda CRX How-To: Troubleshooting the Clutch Pedal Stop Pad
The clutch pedal stop pad assures smoother gear shift by eliminating further clutch pedal travel once the engagement point is identified. While a clutch pedal stop pad is made from high-grade materials, prolonged exposure to pressure and heat will surely take its toll after quite some miles. To know when is the best time to replace the clutch pedal stop pad in your Honda CRX, we listed the most common symptoms of a worn-out pad.
Gear shifting feels rough and stunted.
You know there is always a problem with the clutch system when you are having difficulty shifting gears. In such a case where a worn-out clutch pedal stop pad is to blame, you may not necessarily feel any difficulty from the gear shift stick. What you will feel is a certain looseness from the pedal; you may step on it hard and forceful-it may even bite to allow you to move the gear shift stick around-but the pedal will fail to pull back, hindering your car from revving at your desired speed and RPM.
The clutch pedal feels too tight to push.
The clutch pedal should be loose in such a way that you will be able to step on it for about of an inch with no effort at all. Pushing it further down should require more effort before you can shift gears. If the onset of your pedal activity proves to be effortful enough, then it is most probably because the clutch pedal stop pad is hindering you from engaging the pedal properly. Most of the time, a simple adjustment with the clutch pedal stop pad will resolve the problem.
Whirring sounds are heard every time the clutch is engaged.
There is always something wrong when abnormal noises are heard from any part of the car. In the case where a clutch pedal stop pad is concerned, whirring and whining sounds will occur when you step and release the pedal. These noises are caused by some random blockage that hinders the clutch pedal stop pad from allowing you to step on the pedal fluidly.
Honda CRX How-To: Clutch Pedal Stop Pad Maintenance
Not only would it be a bummer if the clutch pedal stop pad in your Honda CRX fails to function properly on the road; it could also be fatally dangerous. Imagine gaining speed and shifting gears and the clutch system breaks down; the car will come to a screeching halt as the engine shuts off, posing problems for you and everyone else around you. To prevent road hazards like this, it is better to prevent the situation and close any door for opportunity. Below is a short guide to help you keep the clutch pedal stop pad on your Honda CRX in optimum condition:
Check the screws.
Clutch pedal stop pad problems often occur from an overly tightened or loosened component. This normally happens when you have just had work done with the clutch assembly. As a rule of thumb, it is always wise to be present for such jobs, so you can take note of how the screws are tightened when it is being replaced. Check the amount of effort you put into pushing the clutch pedal back; if it feels too light on the knees, tighten the clutch pedal stop pad screws a bit and check again. If it feels too effortful, loosen it until you feel the right steadiness your feet were used to.
Check for dust buildup.
When you are starting to hear loud, whirring noises from the clutch pedal every time you step on them, it means that the pedal accumulated dust and mud that are prohibiting its performance. The blockage often originates from the stop pad, since it is buried underneath the pedal and the floor boards. Remove and clean it with chamois cloth; while you're at it, you can clean the pedal as well.
Do not hit on the clutch pedal forcefully.
The clutch pedal and the stop pad are under immense pressure already. So, if you can help it, avoid stepping on the pedal with immense pressure. The spring, screws, and other surrounding components will prematurely wear out if they experience unnecessary stress on a regular basis.