Strange Clutch Slipping?!

Submitted: Wednesday, Aug 04, 2004 at 12:36
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I went for a drive at the beach (on the sand not on the water) and my girlfriend stalled the engine doing a turn so we sunk a little bit in the sand but no worries at all for my Nissan, I thought. To my surprise I werent able to make it out there - actually I was reving up but the wheels werent turning a bit and obviously I got the yummy burn smell for free. I managed after a bit of digging and playing to get the car rolling. I stopped on a flat and hard piece of sand and tried to get going again...believe it or not I had trouble to get off the spot. Once I was driving it was ok and shifting etc worked fine. After a couple of km's the trouble was gone.....yeah sounds like water in the clutch...isnt as I didnt even touch waves or a creek for ages. On top of it the clutch was replaced just a month ago. Any ideas???

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Reisender
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Reply By: Leroy - Wednesday, Aug 04, 2004 at 13:06

Wednesday, Aug 04, 2004 at 13:06
There's a good chance that you got sand in there and if so you won't be able to claim that under warranty!

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Follow Up By: reisender - Wednesday, Aug 04, 2004 at 13:17

Wednesday, Aug 04, 2004 at 13:17
Ouch...thats bad news. Any chance that the sand 'is burned' and I can go on with life or do I have to have a check and replace?
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Follow Up By: Leroy - Wednesday, Aug 04, 2004 at 13:23

Wednesday, Aug 04, 2004 at 13:23
The sand causes the fingers to bind in the preasure plate. I had sand in mine and was lucky that most of the sand seemed to work its way out and had almost clutch back to normal but mine never slipped.

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Follow Up By: Toymota Andy & Issi - Wednesday, Aug 04, 2004 at 13:43

Wednesday, Aug 04, 2004 at 13:43
Hey, we had a that happen one time to, but with watery mud that had dried, i ended up having to clean out the mud which had packed itself between the fingers and the plate casing. I just used a high pressure air gun to do the job and its been great ever since, maybe worth a look?
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Reply By: Member - Chris M (QLD) - Wednesday, Aug 04, 2004 at 14:28

Wednesday, Aug 04, 2004 at 14:28
Hi reisender,

Yep, had that happen in June in the GQ. Smelt like burning poo. Was pulling a log through a beach track (quite a large one, actually ruddy massive) and managed to bog down a bit heading up an incline. Once back on the road and after using the clutch and gears for 30 mins or so, the smell disappeared and all was good.

I agree with the above. Lucky if it works it's way out and you don't have any further problems. You shouldn't get any in if you travel at a fair speed, if you arc it up at all towing or pushing through soft sand, you may injest a little sand.
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Reply By: Utemad - Wednesday, Aug 04, 2004 at 19:12

Wednesday, Aug 04, 2004 at 19:12
On my Rodeo, I clean the bottom front of the gearbox before I go away on a sand/mud trip. I then put a strip of 100mph tape over the join between the inspection plate and the gearbox. I was suprised the tape stayed there on my first trip but have been doing it ever since.

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Follow Up By: reisender - Wednesday, Aug 04, 2004 at 19:16

Wednesday, Aug 04, 2004 at 19:16
Thats a great idea...I'll try sth like that next time.

Cheers,
Reisender
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Follow Up By: Member - Camper (SA) - Wednesday, Aug 04, 2004 at 20:55

Wednesday, Aug 04, 2004 at 20:55
OK. I'll bite.
What's 100mph tape?
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Follow Up By: Utemad - Wednesday, Aug 04, 2004 at 21:36

Wednesday, Aug 04, 2004 at 21:36
Don't know its real name. It is that tape (usually grey) that is all perferated so you don't need to cut it. You can just peel off a length of tape and tear it off.

It sticks like sh*t to a blanket :-)

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Follow Up By: Utemad - Wednesday, Aug 04, 2004 at 21:37

Wednesday, Aug 04, 2004 at 21:37
Forgot to add that if you ever watch car racing it is the stuff they put the car back together with when anything falls off.

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Follow Up By: reisender - Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 01:18

Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 01:18
I know what you mean...they call it Panzertape (I dont know if thats its product name) in Germany. That stuff fixes everything - gaffer tape should do too but it aint that tough I think.
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Follow Up By: Member - Sand Man (SA) - Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 08:34

Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 08:34
Boys...Boys...Boys!!!

The collective name for "100mph" tape is simply Duct Tape.
Available at most Hardware stores.
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Follow Up By: Flash - Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 16:20

Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 16:20
Duct tape is NOT the same thing.
100mph or "speed" tape is much stronger/stickier. The genuine article is used on aeroplanes and it sticks better than sh*t to a blanket.
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Follow Up By: Utemad - Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 16:33

Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 16:33
I would have thought duct tape was the plastic stuff that is used to cover joins in in the ducting of air conditioners and heaters.

Hence the name.

100mph tape is much stickier.

With 100mph tape and zip ties there is nothing I can't fix :-)

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Follow Up By: Member - Sand Man (SA) - Saturday, Aug 07, 2004 at 10:18

Saturday, Aug 07, 2004 at 10:18
Ooh!!!!

Sorry boys,
Now I feel severely chastised :(
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Follow Up By: Member - Camper (SA) - Sunday, Aug 08, 2004 at 21:13

Sunday, Aug 08, 2004 at 21:13
OK so where do I get some 100mph tape?
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Follow Up By: Utemad - Monday, Aug 09, 2004 at 09:15

Monday, Aug 09, 2004 at 09:15
Most hardware stores sell it.

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