Well, I was driving Saturday night, to go out to eat with my girlfriend, and long story short, I had been in 2nd gear for at least ten seconds before I caught a hole in the traffic, and hit like 3/4 throttle while still in 2nd, and my RPM's shot up to like 5,000. Hmmm, ok. So I shifted to 3rd, and slowly applied gas while releasing the clutch at the same time, and pretty much the same thing happened. RPM's shot right back up. But it was weird because I was on a little bit of a hill, and I still managed to climb ever so slowly, so I knew that I was getting a little power to the drivetrain, while my RPMs were close to 5k.
So, I pulled over into a parking lot, and put it in neutral and gave it a few minutes. I didn't smell the clutch at all, but I knew that it was the culprit.
Anyways, I decide to pull back onto the street, and everything seems fine, although it's about this time that I begin to smell the clutch. It smelled like someone took a flame thrower to it.
Well, the next day, I notice that when I shift above 4,000 RPMs, when I land in the next gear, the RPMs go up more than usual, and fall back down once the clutch catches. So, now I have to shift at about 3,500 RPM in order for the clutch to grip, and if I'm in gear, the clutch slips when a moderate amount of throttle is applied.
So, now I have to shift at 3,500 RPM, and even if I am fully engaged in a gear, I can't give it a lot of throttle.
Well, the question I have for you guys is...Is my clutch the only thing gone bad, or could there be any other reason for these problems? The reason I ask is because my warranty expires in like 1,000 more miles, and if there is another problem besides the clutch, I would like to have it fixed while it's still under warranty. I assume that it's entirely the clutch, but let me know if anything else could cause this.
Also, how many PSI's should my new clutch hold? How much is optimal, and how much is overkill? I want something that could be used for daily driving, and something that I could use for racing every now and then. Anyone recommed a good after market clutch?
Also, while the mechanic is in there, I'm going to have him swap out the stock flywheel with a new Fidenza flywheel. Any problems anyone can see with this?
Please give me your opinions. Thanks.