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Hi guys

so need some help here, have recently had my clutch reconditioned as Kia state a new clutch will cost £600, have done 400 miles since however still get the wierd smell occasionally when holding the clutch, is this normal? Or should I go back to my garage?

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What is clutch reconditioning?
What did it cost?
How long did it take?
Did the smell arise before or after the reconditioning?
 

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So clutch reconditioning is when they take your old clutch apart and basically make it new again, cost was £100 and got it back within a day,

The smell however is when the clutch was installed, you normally get a weird smell when a new clutch is installed for about 2-300 miles but mine still gets the rubber burning like smell after 409 miles
 

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£100 is awful cheap for taking a clutch apart, and putting it back together again.
The labour involved is the same as installing new parts.
Are you sure the clutch parts were actually out of the gearbox?

I suspect that some chemicals were just blown in there to clean it up a bit, with no disassembly, hence the smell.
But maybe I'm just too sceptical.
 

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What exactly does reconditioning entail?
The parts are more or less single use.

In a location with low labour costs I could see that it could be cost effective to attach new friction material to an existing clutch plate.
 

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I’m not entirely sure other than, the clutch gets taken apart and reconditioned tbh, can anyone else help with what reconditioned is
 

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Just a few more questions to point us in the right direction:

Why did it need fixing and is it working better now?

How many hours did the person have your car?
 

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The clutch was slipping so wanted it replacing, he had the car for the full day, well 2 days however clutch was being reconditioned the first day
 

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I've not heard of 'reconditioning a clutch' since the days of coil spring clutches in the 1950's. Clutches are normally replace only as they are balanced and sealed. Could it be the garage has only replaced the driven plate and not the pressure plate and thrust bearing? False economy if so. Does yours have a dual mass flywheel?? I would wait to see if the smell goes away as it works okay otherwise.
 
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When I was younger (back in the 70's) reconditioned clutches were readily available, I had one, it was rubbish. Pulling away was next to impossible since it turned out the plate was warped and did not engage evenly. Garage tried to blame me for driving the car hard but eventually refunded me the money. Took car to a friend of a colleague (actually he collected it on his trailer) who told me that he would never fit a reconditioned clutch, not worth the hassle. When he stripped it down it was clear all the "reconditioning" company had done was clean up the parts and put them in a shiny new box. The friction material had not been replaced.

Wonder if your repairer uses the same parts?

PS Phil866. This was a coil spring clutch.
 

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Well I recall a 1930 s car that I owned that had corks in the clutch plate that you soaked over night. Very replaceable it was but wore out too often. No help to OP I am afraid but I would be quite incredulous if someone offered me a reconditioned clutch, or even a tyre nowadays.
 

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Has the person who performed the "reconditioning" done what they said they would?
I guess that you did not discuss any specific details prior to the job.

Reconditioning is a very loose and general term but it can be argued that reconditioning is still only feasible by disassembly and I suspect that the gearbox was not separated from the motor enough to remove the pressure plate, driven plate, and bearing.

If the person can't document disassembly and exactly what was done then you should get at least a partial refund.

Even more so if you were guaranteed that the "reconditioning" would make the clutch function like a new one.
Does the clutch actually function OK now?

There are transmission specialists that can do a good job quickly, and may be more familiar with the job than many Kia dealers.
 

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Seems like I paid for the wrong service, ahh will just have to get a new clutch
More likely the service you paid for does not actually exist.

Can you see any evidence of work being carried out such as marks on bots, disturbed pipework etc. If not maybe time to get an independent inspection and speak to consumer protection.

Looks like you have been well and truly taken with your trousers down.
 

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Soo, after much thinking, decided to get a new clutch directly from Kia, with labour it’s costing around £700
I think that's by far the best thing to do as at least you will be able to have faith in the clutch and it will have a 12 month warranty on it. Just out of curiosity I would ask the garage fitting the new clutch to give their opinion on your old one.
 
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