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Jan 19, 2010, 6:14 AM

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hi i brought a ldv 400 tipper, when i brought it i was told it needed a new clutch cable, a friend of mine stretched the cable and it worked for a while, the clutch was not slipping but the cable still seems to be ok even though it is now very stiff to get in gear does any1 no what it could be

Tom Greenleaf
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Jan 19, 2010, 6:49 AM

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I don't know this vehicle at all but know that the principles of how this should work and your description is strongly suggesting that you should replace that cable soon! It's not slipping now which is a great sign so act fast.

This is classic for adjustment of cable whether it's adjustment or just sticky to the point of not working properly what you've just said is just like a clutch that isn't DISengaging fully. The stiff shifting is a strong clue. You may notice on level ground in 1st gear, start car - it may creep forward! That would be about as conclusive as it gets that clutch is still partially engaged.

By forcing the shifts you are seriously straining the synchronizers inside transmission - NOT GOOD and not cheap!

Proper cable freedom and properly adjusted would have some free-play (motion without much action) at the top of clutch but not too much or when put to floor the clutch may not fully disengage. Basically you are shifting without using much clutch if what I read into this is true.

The free-play at top of clutch should be at least 1/2 inch to an inch depending on car. You or most people would be able to push that with a strong finger. It must have about that for free-play and not much more as said. Buy the exact new cable and have it installed soon! Find the local help to do this right if not up to it yourself,


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Jan 19, 2010, 7:14 PM

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I second Tom on that one. Don't waste a grand trying to save a hundred. You are at the point where it can be fixed economically instead of allowing a small part to destroy the whole system

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