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What happens when a clutch bell fails on a nitro engine?

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If you are talking cone clutch then if the bell section fails it will probably explode out through the bell housing and floor pan .the resultant unbalance will probably destroy the engine.

Posted on Dec 15, 2014

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  • brad mccrindle Dec 15, 2014

    I'm talkin about about a radio controlled truck..

  • Bill Boyd Dec 15, 2014

    that information was not made available in your question. As nobody is a mind reader and it is the cars and trucks section it is reasonable to suggest that it is a vehicle and not a toy. Kindly direct the question to the correct category if you want correct answers.

  • brad mccrindle Dec 15, 2014

    I'm new to this you dont have to be rude about it....and who ever hears about a clutch core comming out of a bell house..... It just don't happen

    I'll be sure to be In The right catorgory next time

  • Bill Boyd Dec 15, 2014

    Just to enlighten you, there is a requirement in the engineering of drag cars (nitrous engines and the like that a specially reinforced bell housing and floor pan of the car is mandatory as the flywheel,clutch does explode and has been known to cut the legs off the drivers. I am not being rude ,just stating facts



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M/T car with a clutch
the slave is the device that pushes the clutch lever , as it enters the clutch bell housing (the hunk of alum. that is between the engine and trans 'bell shaped..)
400 or 4000? , my guess is you mean, 4000 rpm
3000 on the round is normal./
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do not ride the clutch pedal or you will buy many a clutch.
the save bad, never cause, slipping clutch. (near impossible)
the hyd, clutch actuator is self adjusting as clutch wears.
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post the symptoms, and ask for help based on those facts.
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Hi, procedure from pasted below. Please let me know if you have any questions, and thanks for using FixYa.

CAUTION The clutch driven disc often contains asbestos, which has been determined to be a cancer-causing agent Never clean clutch surfaces with compressed air. Avoid inhaling any dust from any clutch surface. When cleaning clutch surfaces, use a commercially-available brake cleaning fluid.

  1. Lift the clutch pedal to its upward-most position to disengage the pawl and quadrant. Push the quadrant forward, unhook the cable from the quadrant and allow it to slowly swing rearward.
  2. Open the hood and remove the screw that holds the cable assembly isolator to the dash panel.
  3. Pull the cable through the dash panel and into the engine compartment. On 5.0L engines, remove the cable bracket screw from the fender apron.
  4. Raise and support the vehicle safely using jackstands.
  5. Remove the dust cover from the bell housing.
  6. Remove the clip retainer holding the cable assembly to the bell housing.
  7. Slide the ball on the end of the cable assembly through the hole in the clutch release lever and remove the cable.
  8. Remove the dash panel isolator from the cable.

To install:
  1. Install the dash panel isolator on the cable assembly.
  2. Insert the cable through the hole in the bell housing and through the hole in the clutch release lever. Slide the ball on the end of the cable assembly away from the hole in the clutch release lever.
  3. Install the clip retainer that holds the cable assembly to the bell housing.
  4. Install the dust shield on the bell housing.
  5. Push the cable assembly into the engine compartment and lower the vehicle. On 5.0L engines, install the cable bracket screw in the fender apron.
  6. Push the cable assembly into the hole in the dash panel and secure the isolator with a screw.
  7. Install the cable assembly by lifting the clutch pedal to disengage the pawl and quadrant. Then, pushing the quadrant forward, hook the end of the cable over the rear of the quadrant.
  8. Depress the clutch cable several times to adjust the cable.

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