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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-26-2008, 03:22 PM Thread Starter
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Can I use brake cleaner to clean the clutch and pressure plate? Or is there something better?

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I don't see why not. Although it might take the paint off the pressure plate (if there's any on it). Some of the spray cleaners like Mean Green or Purple Power might do better.
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CRC brake cleaner in the red can (chlorinated) is what I have used for years. Other cleaners will leave a film on the metal.

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I used whatever brake cleaner I had.. never noticed a residue.
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Transmission shops use brake cleaner to clean clutches, plates, and flywheels. So does everyone else I know. Most carburetor spray cleaners leave some sort of residue and are not acceptable substitutes.

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CRC brake cleaner it is. Thanks.

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Despite popular "opinion", all commonly available aftermarket brake cleaners leave byproduct behind. This actually is a large part of why folks have issues with noise/chatter and glazing with friction materials, whether they be used in clutches or brakes. CRC may be a lesser offender, I don't know for sure, but the problem may still be there and with the amount of labor involved, I wouldn't want any issues, if it were my car. Standard "remedy" is for use of nothing but plain soap and water on flywheels, rotors and drums.

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That is really interesting.

I always wondered how a spray on product could degrease and not leave something behind.

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Use lacquer thinner and lots of it. Soak a rag, wipe it on and wipe it off with another rag. Do this until the second rag comes off clean.

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Called Centerforce, they recommend using acetone or brake cleaner for pressure plate & flywheel. Wouldn't rate one better than the other. Also wouldn't give a recommendation for cleaning disc. If disc is oily I guess they want you to replace it.


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Called Centerforce, they recommend using acetone or brake cleaner for pressure plate & flywheel. Wouldn't rate one better than the other. Also wouldn't give a recommendation for cleaning disc. If disc is oily I guess they want you to replace it.


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If the disc is dirty, I would replace it. I have never cleaned the friction material. I have used brake cleaner to clean the flywheel and pressure plate hundreds of times with no ill effects.

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Brake cleaner is really intended to aid in the removal of the dust from the friction material. Though it helps remove oil and grease too. It's generally used to "flood" the residues away. For cleaning clutches I use a good spray then wipe the parts with a rag. Then another blast in case I missed something. New clutch kits are are given the same treatment. Pressure plates come with a light coating of corrosion protection when new. The clutch provider recommends this be removed before installation, brake cleaner is ideal for that. New clutch plates are supposed to be clean but they come wrapped in the same corrosion protective paper as the pressure plate so they should at least get a quick cleaning too. Clutch manufacturers such as LUK advise cleaning the parts with "an alcohol based cleaner". No mention of soap and water in their installation recommendations. We sell enough LUK clutches at work that we became a LUK distributor some time ago. I've yet to see any chatter/shudder problems there that I might blame on the cleaner we use. Nor have I seen this in 25 years of cleaning clutches, flywheels, and pressure plates with brake cleaner.
My can of ServicePro brake cleaner is alcohol based and clearly state "leaves no residue" in big letters right on the front.
But hey, what do I know?

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