How to Install a New Clutch in a Honda Civic

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Most Honda Civic clutches are made for smooth engagement (except the Si model), meaning that the grabbing force is not so strong that it's hard to engage the clutch. The clutch itself is a disc made of ceramic or composite material. This disc is forced--via a pressure plate--against a flywheel that is connected to the engine. Over time, the clutch disc wears down and will no longer "grab" the flywheel. When this happens, your Civic will start to slip out of gear. Once you have the old clutch off, you'll need to know how to install a new clutch.

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Things you need

  • Socket wrench and socket set
  • New clutch assembly
  • Clutch alignment tool
  • Brake parts cleaner
  • Torque wrench
  • Safety glasses and mask

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  1. 1

    Climb under the vehicle and clean the flywheel. Spray it down with brake parts cleaner and try not to touch it from now on with your hands.

  2. 2

    Clean the pressure plate included with your new clutch assembly kit. There should be absolutely no oil or grease on any of these parts.

  3. 3

    Place the clutch disc into the pressure plate so that the flywheel side of the clutch disc faces outwards. The flywheel face of the clutch will be marked with "flywheel side" or something similar, depending on the brand of clutch you purchase. If there are no markings indicating the flywheel side of the clutch, insert the clutch so that the damper springs on the clutch disc are facing the transaxle.

  4. 4

    Place the clutch assembly against the flywheel so that the flywheel face of the clutch disc is pressed against the flywheel.

  5. 5

    Insert the end of the clutch alignment tool into the centre hole on the clutch assembly. Hold the clutch in place with the alignment tool by holding onto the handle of the tool, and do not move the clutch assembly.

  6. 6

    Tighten the flywheel to pressure plate bolts hand tight. Work your way around the outside of the clutch assembly so that you are putting near equal pressure on each bolt as you go along.

  7. 7

    Center the clutch disc on the flywheel by making sure that the alignment tool extends into the splined hub and into the pocket on the crankshaft.

  8. 8

    Continue to tighten the flywheel to pressure plate bolts in a crisscross pattern to make sure that you do not distort the clutch assembly cover.

  9. 9

    Torque the pressure plate to flywheel bolts to 19 foot-pounds using a torque wrench. Set the dial on your torque wrench to 19 foot-pounds and tighten the bolts clockwise until the clutch disc in the wrench slips. You will hear an audible click. The bolt will be torqued to the value set on the dial.

Tips and warnings

  • Some clutch discs may contain asbestos, which is hazardous to your health. Always wear appropriate safety equipment when changing your clutch.

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