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The operation mechanism of the clutch has changed steadily over the life of Series Land Rover design. Early Series I models were fitted with a Rover clutch but this was soon changed for a Borg and Beck version. Mechanical linkage between the clutch operating mechanism and the clutch pedal was first used, but later Series I's were fitted with a hydraulic actuating mechanism. The clutch plate was originally 9inch diameter but was superseded by a 9.5inch version after it was first offered as an option The 9inch clutch plate was fitted to a coil spring actuated pressure plate, whereas the 9.5inch was fitted with a diaphragm type spring. The 9ichn clutch plate can be replaced with the 9.5inch version on the same flywheel, but the diaphragm style pressure plate must used instead of the coil spring version. All Series III models were fitted with the diaphragm clutch.
The Series III models have a self-adjusting clutch actuating rod mechanism but earlier hydraulic systems have to be adjusted manually to allow for clutch plate wear.

Coil spring type clutch pressure plate

The February UK homepage briefly describes the operation of the clutch system of the Series Land Rover. It then goes on to describe the most common problems experienced with the clutch, characteristics of those problems to help diagnose them and suggestions as to how they may be overcome.

The June 2009 UK homepage is concerned with the design of the clutch(or brake) pedal mechanism can gradually become stiffer to operate over time. The cause of the problem is described and its simple solution is suggested.

The October 2009 UK homepage focuses upon the clutch behaviour that may indicate that clutch system bleeding is required. Other causes of similar symptoms are referred to and the mechanism for bleeding the clutch fluid is described.

The Dec2013/Jan2014 UK homepage addresses the problem of the standard Series Land Rover clutch pedal requiring more effort to depress than modern day vehicles. This being especially true of the Series I,II and IIA models. The article describes the fitting of a Defender TD5 clutch pedal as an improvement for the problem.

Archived Clutch Articles From Foreign Homepages
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1. The July 2009 Australian homepage describes how the clutch adjustment can be made on both the hydrostatic and non-hydrostatic clutch mechanisms of Series Land Rovers.


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