- Aug 28, 2018
Last summer, I bought my ‘79 Malibu wagon. A previous owner swapped in a TPI (305) + a T5 transmission both from a ‘91 Trans Am. It had a bad & burning clutch when I bought it. About a month ago, I had the clutch and flywheel replaced. It’s a SPEC Stage 1 clutch kit rated for 467 ft/lbs of torque. My engine makes about half that power. Anyway, after driving like a grandpa for the first 200 miles with a lot of stop & go mixed in, the clutch is ALREADY slipping!!!...and burning. It’s a terrible smell too. Normal sedated acceleration from 1st-3rd isn’t too bad but trying to accelerate aggressively while in 4th or 5th gear is useless! I’ll assume my clutch plate is glazed somehow. What would cause this SO SOON?!! My car also has a hydraulic clutch assembly from a ‘01 Camaro and the fluid level was/is good. What adjustment was screwed up or did I choose a poor quality clutch? I researched and it seemed like a decent choice. I REALLY don’t want to spend another $700-$1000 getting ANOTHER clutch kit & flywheel replaced!!!...just to have it happen again only 200 miles later!! Am I screwed? Maybe I should swap in an auto transmission?