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Old 06-07-2019, 12:17 AM   #1
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Hey, this is going to be about my 85 245 with the m46 transmission.
so I want to start from the beginning of this problem. I started noticing when I would go over 30-35 in 3rd or high second gear with the gas all the way down like when trying to accelerate quickly or sometimes barely down at all. The car would start to stop accelerating and the engine would just keep revving up higher without the vehicle speed increasing. I know this sounds like the clutch is slipping but the clutch is only a few months old. I am just wondering if this could be being caused by anything like anything else, or must it be the clutch because its relatively new and should not be slipping already. And I hope one of you that knows more than me may have an answer. Thank you.

I attached a sound clip of the best I could capture the problem happening.
it happens 10 seconds in. http://bit.ly/2ZeAM3N
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Old 06-07-2019, 02:27 AM   #2
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Clutches can cause clutch like symptoms when they are oily.
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Old 06-07-2019, 08:40 AM   #3
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[QUOTE=apachechef;5959517]Clutches can cause clutch like symptoms when

is there any way to burn it off without taking the trans out. also is there anyway this could be the clutch cable doing this? thank you.
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Old 06-07-2019, 09:00 AM   #4
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It's not going to burn off if it is oily enough to slip. Tried that.

Cable too tight? Where on the pedal travel does the clutch disconnect.
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Old 06-07-2019, 09:16 AM   #5
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I have had my clutch cable slightly seize on me where it would slip under load because it wasn't allowing the clutch to return to the full engaged position.
It seemed to occur in 3rd and 4th gears.

If it was me I would start there, cheap and easy to check. Heck if you were local I would give you my old clutch cable after my hydro swap.
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Old 06-07-2019, 02:27 PM   #6
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Hey, this is going to be about my 85 245 with the m46 transmission.
so I want to start from the beginning of this problem. I started noticing when I would go over 30-35 in 3rd or high second gear with the gas all the way down like when trying to accelerate quickly or sometimes barely down at all. The car would start to stop accelerating and the engine would just keep revving up higher without the vehicle speed increasing. I know this sounds like the clutch is slipping but the clutch is only a few months old. I am just wondering if this could be being caused by anything like anything else, or must it be the clutch because its relatively new and should not be slipping already. And I hope one of you that knows more than me may have an answer. Thank you.

I attached a sound clip of the best I could capture the problem happening.
it happens 10 seconds in. http://bit.ly/2ZeAM3N
I can't view your video, not that it matters. You may have a slipping cone clutch in the overdrive unit. That will behave just like a slipping clutch.
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Old 06-07-2019, 02:47 PM   #7
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I can't view your video, not that it matters. You may have a slipping cone clutch in the overdrive unit. That will behave just like a slipping clutch.
Hey I'm not really sure what a cone clutch is and I can't really find anything about it on the internet. Also how can I test it. And even more important if that is the problem where can I find it.
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Old 06-07-2019, 03:14 PM   #8
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I can't view your video, not that it matters. You may have a slipping cone clutch in the overdrive unit. That will behave just like a slipping clutch.
The cone clutch isn't capable of handling the full torque of the engine so a one way clutch is used to augment the cone clutch. The design is fairly robust but doesn't tolerate dirt and debris very well.

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Hey I'm not really sure what a cone clutch is and I can't really find anything about it on the internet. Also how can I test it. And even more important if that is the problem where can I find it.
The cone clutch is part of the overdrive. It actually has 2 clutch surfaces. The inner clutch is for direct drive and reverse. Because of the aforementioned one way clutch, it's primarily for reverse. The outer clutch is for overdrive.

Replacements can be found here.

https://www.cvi-automotive.se/en/art...380689-st-also

The one way clutch is the more likely suspect. This is an updated version. Yours may look a little different.

https://www.cvi-automotive.se/en/art...-some-pj-types
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The cone clutch isn't capable of handling the full torque of the engine so a one way clutch is used to augment the cone clutch. The design is fairly robust but doesn't tolerate dirt and debris very well.



The cone clutch is part of the overdrive. It actually has 2 clutch surfaces. The inner clutch is for direct drive and reverse. Because of the aforementioned one way clutch, it's primarily for reverse. The outer clutch is for overdrive.

Replacements can be found here.

https://www.cvi-automotive.se/en/art...380689-st-also

The one way clutch is the more likely suspect. This is an updated version. Yours may look a little different.

https://www.cvi-automotive.se/en/art...-some-pj-types
Thanks for clarifying. It's been 30+ years since I have rebuilt and overdrive unit. All I really remember about them is they can develop slip in both directions to the point the car will barely move.
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Old 06-07-2019, 05:46 PM   #10
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Hey, I adjusted the clutch cable. it looks like it was way off the arm was able to pull so much more than the 3mm it was supposed to. I still need to drive around and see if it fixed it but then you all for the help. if it happens again ill be back .
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I have had my clutch cable slightly seize on me where it would slip under load because it wasn't allowing the clutch to return to the full engaged position.
Sure it wasn't the above. That is a very good thought I hadn't experienced or thought of.
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Old 06-11-2019, 01:35 PM   #12
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so yeah I adjusted the cable. it drove great for 2 days and today started to do the slipping like thing again. going to check if it stretched. you think I should try and do the clutch cable first before pulling the whole trans out again. thanks
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Old 06-11-2019, 06:34 PM   #13
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Duh . . . .

How much can a cable cost?
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Old 06-11-2019, 06:40 PM   #14
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A stretched clutch cable won't make the clutch slip, that happens when the cable is too tight. It could be hanging up though like the above post mentioned, you could disconnect both ends and see how easily it moves.
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Old 06-11-2019, 08:01 PM   #15
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Sure it wasn't the above. That is a very good thought I hadn't experienced or thought of.
When I thought of it I told my indy to check that first before pulling the gearbox. He didn't listen and pulled the whole transmission out.
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A stretched clutch cable won't make the clutch slip, that happens when the cable is too tight. It could be hanging up though like the above post mentioned, you could disconnect both ends and see how easily it moves.
Excellent idea.

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Old 06-11-2019, 11:00 PM   #16
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ok thank y'all for the help. I ordered a cable for like 30 bucks. I'm just going to try and drive on slow roads till I can install it. also if anyone has any ideas about why my temp gauge would go up and up while accelerating in second would be much appreciated, Thank you
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Old 06-15-2019, 09:47 PM   #17
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just wanted to let y'all know I replaced the cable and everything seems to now going good. will let you know if the problem comes back. thank you for the help.
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Old 06-16-2019, 12:03 PM   #18
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just wanted to let y'all know I replaced the cable and everything seems to now going good. will let you know if the problem comes back. thank you for the help.
Did the old one have any signs of stiffness when you tried to operate it out of the vehicle?
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Old 06-16-2019, 10:31 PM   #19
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no not really but I could have accidentally fixed the problem while yanking it out. but also it may have been stretching because I would adjust the clutch Fork to the 3mm its supposed to be. but when the problem happened again it would be more. and now with a new cable it seems better but I will keep this thread updated if it comes back.
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