CarTalk.com Blogs Car Info Our Show Deals Mechanics Files Vehicle Donation

How to reduce clutch pedal travel

I have a 2001 Civic LX; I would like the clutch pedal travel distance to be far less than it is.

As in most manual cars, I find that the clutch pedal travel is mostly useless. That is, once the clutch is fully engaged, the pedal still has a goodly way to go before it hits the stop. On pedal depression the inverse is true. As modern hydraulic clutches are self-adjusting, this once-necessary extra distance is pointless.

(I would rather clutch with my ankle than my whole leg. If I could cut the pedal travel in half (or more), I would like that very much.)

Is this possible? How would I do such a thing?

Thanks in advance.

http://www.civicforums.com/forums/120-transmission/225779-diy-clutch-pedal-adjustment.html

Hondas usually have easy to push clutches and that long travel is needed for that. If you cut the travel in half, you’ll double the force needed. It would take re-engineering the pedal and pivot point.

Or installing a clutch master cylinder with a larger bore diameter so it pumped more fluid…Not a simple task…

Neutrino I have driven Honda manuals and found the clutch to be light and the transmissions slick without much “feel” but they seem to work well. When depressing the clutch pedal you should have about 3/4 inch free play before starting disengagement.

The master cylinder on that car is adjustable

http://www.autozone.com/autozone/parts/Duralast-Clutch-Master-Cylinder/2001-Honda-Civic-LX//N-jfdutZ6o23x?itemIdentifier=728236_0_0

and if anyone is so inclined they can experiment with adjusting the “tip in point” to suit them. The pedal stroke is considerably greater than the distance needed to control the clutch but the excess travel gives a great deal of allowance for wear to avoid constant adjustment.