Clutch Failure and Helix replacement

The Clutch failed engaged at Silverstone giving me no drive. I could select gears but it was as if my foot was always pressing the clutch pedal even though I wasn`t.

 

This diagram shows the components that make up the friction plate

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Removed the Gearbox and spotted a few rivet heads and debris in the bellhousing

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The clutch fork and release bearing were intact.

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Removed the pressure plate to find the centre of the clutch came away at the same time

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The friction plates were balanced on the flywheel

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The Rivets  holding the centre to the cushion springs had all failedfork36

 

The two friction plates had split and the rivets holding them together had failed.

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A one piece clutch in several pieces…

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This is a standard LUK VR6 clutch that has been on the Pinderwagen a few years. It wasn`t showing any signs of failure when I replaced the Flywheel a few months ago and it was fine at the Nurburgring but the problem started manifesting itself at Silverstone by not allowing me to engage gear smoothly and exhibiting symptoms as if the clutch wasn`t fully disengaging.

 

I could either replace it with a similar standard friction plate or upgrade to something stronger. Neal who I bought the diff off had a spare Helix 4 paddle clutch that he said I could have

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The pads looked OK but they were showing light signs of wear

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I rang Helix and they quoted £57 + VAT and delivery to inspect and reline the clutch. It was sent to them and they relined it the same day

The courier delivered it at 15:30 the next afternoon and it looked like a new clutch !

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For less than the price of a standard friction plate is made perfect sense to get it relined. I can now fit it knowing it is in good condition and with new pads it should last a long time.

 

The standard pressure plate is being used at the moment as an `uprated` one isn`t necessary right now.