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Clutch squeak Linear Spring swap (TW how to)

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by Rucas, May 28, 2011.

  1. May 28, 2011 at 8:30 PM
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    Rucas

    Rucas [OP] 1st gen > 2nd gen

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    I found a lot of threads asking about how to fix the 1st gen squeaky clutch spring.
    But I could only find the "how to's" on other forums, so I thought I would make one for TW.
    -This fix only took about 20 minutes, and the hardest part was positioning my body right so I could get up in there.

    Very simple fix requires:
    -Linear spring about 5" x 7/16" and about .047 wire thickness
    (I found one at ace 4 1/2" x 15/32" and .014 wire thickness)
    -screwdriver

    1st: I took the screw driver and dislodged one end of the origional spring. After that I just pulled the whole spring out.
    [​IMG]

    2nd: One end of the spring will attach to a welded tab where the arrow in this picture is pointing to. And the other end will attach to the circled part on the clutch pedal.
    [​IMG]

    :D enjoy
    (sorry if the pictures aren't as descriptive as they can be, it was pretty tight down there, but hopefully anyone gets the idea)
     
  2. May 28, 2011 at 8:33 PM
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    Rucas

    Rucas [OP] 1st gen > 2nd gen

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  3. May 28, 2011 at 11:41 PM
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    Is that a number #70 spring from the hardware store? Thats what I used It gave me a soft clutch feel.
     
  4. May 29, 2011 at 8:06 AM
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    Rucas

    Rucas [OP] 1st gen > 2nd gen

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    No I couldn't find the #70 spring from true value hardware.
    the one i used is 4.5 inches long and has .041 wire thickness. I honestly cant feel a difference.
     
  5. Jun 16, 2011 at 7:51 AM
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    Rucas

    Rucas [OP] 1st gen > 2nd gen

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    like a dream still
     
  6. Jun 16, 2011 at 4:58 PM
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    Rucas [OP] 1st gen > 2nd gen

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    Looks alright.
    That little play probablly wont affect the clutch mechanics.
    As long as it returns correctly, you should be good.
     
  7. Jun 17, 2011 at 1:10 AM
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    Rucas [OP] 1st gen > 2nd gen

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    okay, well if you think that the spring isnt getting the tension then you probabll need a shorter spring.

    If your worried that it will slip off, theres a problem. On mine theres plenty of tension on both ends, that I cant imagine it comming loose.
     
  8. Mar 4, 2012 at 10:40 AM
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    same!
    Im thinking of trying different springs so see if I like a lighter pressure spring.
     
  9. Mar 4, 2012 at 11:20 AM
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    strange. I never tried that.
     
  10. Apr 2, 2012 at 5:33 PM
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    I did this earlier...funny toyota wouldn't just do that to begin with instead of that stupid plastic bushing. I got a different spring but I like a firmer clutch feel so its all good:thumbsup:
     
  11. Apr 2, 2012 at 7:08 PM
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    I bought the same spring as the brake pedal uses. In fact, I bought two and keep the extra in the truck.
     
  12. Apr 3, 2012 at 2:35 AM
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    How's the clutch feel? Firm or soft? The same?
     
  13. Apr 3, 2012 at 9:36 AM
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    Mine felt almost the same, maybe slightly stiffer. I've got about 12k miles on it without any problems.
     
  14. Apr 3, 2012 at 6:29 PM
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    It's slightly firmer than stock.
     
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    I agree. Its almost like they were going to, but then decided for some reason to do it the other way.
     
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    Haha, yea but I've been going in for oil changes, since I hate doing them, but i think i'm gonna start doin them myself and save a few $$$
     
  17. Apr 12, 2012 at 11:28 PM
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    This is a great solution. I found a similar spring in Canada, shortened it a bit and swapped it out in about 15 minutes. It's hard to get your arms in there but after a little contortion you'll figure it out. Pretty much all the rebound comes from the slave cylinder anyway, I"m not sure what the spring really does. Either way, i was surprised how quiet it was after.

    Thanks for the info. Easy mod.
     
  18. Apr 13, 2012 at 12:19 PM
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    :wink:
     
  19. May 28, 2012 at 11:07 PM
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    So to be sure...

    I remove that huge ass torsion spring (is that what it's called?) in the first pic and get rid of it entirely. Then replace it with that #70 spring (or brake pedal return spring) by hooking it up to the clutch pedal and the welded tab under the dash.

    And that's it?

    Does it return the pedal so that it makes contact with the cruise control switch?
     
  20. May 29, 2012 at 8:39 AM
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    Yes, at least on mine, it solved the non engaging cruise control. No more sticking my foot behind it to pull it up that extra smidgen.:laughing:
     
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