clutch brake adjustment?

Discussion in 'Trucks [ Eighteen Wheelers ]' started by IUFAN87, Apr 15, 2011.

  1. IUFAN87

    IUFAN87 Light Load Member

    Jun 22, 2009
    All Over
    My friend has an 07 International 9400i with the 10 speed eaton/fuller. It grinds when he tries to put it in gear. He took it to a shop and they told him theres no adjustment for that and that hes gonna have to get the clutch replaced. I seem to recall someone telling me that there is an adjustment for the clutch brake but not the actual clutch. Is there an adjustment? Or are they just tryin to stick him for a clutch?:biggrin_2556: If there is an adjustment, what is the procedure?
  2. ampm wayne

    ampm wayne Heavy Load Member

    Jan 13, 2009
    You can adjust the clutch brake.

    If the clutch brake is broken it can be replaced without replacing the clutch.

    It is not a big deal to just replace the clutch brake.

    A new clutch brake is around $45 dollars and an hour labor.
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  3. SHC

    SHC Spoiled Rotten Brat O/O

    Feb 26, 2011
    Westville, IN
    There is NO reason to replace the clutch. It has nothing to do with the clutch brake, not even a part of it. The brake is a seperate thing, made out the same stuff as you clutch itself. How it works is the throw-out berring pulls back from the clutch to disengauge then at the furtherst point, it comes into contact with the clutch brake which slows it down (from spinning) so you can engauge the next gear at a stop.

    Depending on if it is a 1-piece or 2-piece brake..... 2-piece is very simple to change. 1 piece is a pain, but if you can get a torch or cutting wheel in there to remove it, then you can put a 2-piece on it. The 2 piece is basically 2-half moon's that bolt around the input shaft with allen screws. Very easy to change.

    As for adjusting, I am not sure about the type of linkage the IH has, but if it is like a freightliner, you can also adjust it so that it comes into full contact with the clutch brake.
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  4. IUFAN87

    IUFAN87 Light Load Member

    Jun 22, 2009
    All Over
    Yeah, he has been calling different shops in the Nashville area. They are all pretty much tellin him the same thing. Nobody can get him in until Monday:biggrin_25521:. They are sayin if it needs the whole clutch its gonna be bout 2500 bucks and about 450 for just the clutch break.
  5. JohnP3

    JohnP3 Road Train Member

    Feb 21, 2010
    Rock Creek B.C. Canada
    The clutch brake is adjusted with the linkage. We use to always put in the two piece brakes from new we used the steel ones that had the spring pins holding the halves together. They are tough units and easy to get out if needed. It is possible the clutch is junk, pucks are bent, spring embedded in the facings.
  6. grizzly

    grizzly Medium Load Member

    Aug 27, 2008
    Layton, Ut

    $450 is way high for a clutch brake. I just had one put in at KW of St Louis and it was $150 installed.
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  7. heavyhaulerss

    heavyhaulerss Road Train Member

    Dec 23, 2009
    I had the same problem. I had mine adjusted just 80 miles south of nashville for $60.00 on mine they adjusted the linkage. since then it went in gear better than ever before.
  8. Prairie Boy

    Prairie Boy Road Train Member

    Nov 18, 2010
    Edmonton, AB
    Cost to replace depends if it's a 1 piece or 2 piece clutch brake. Single piece brake means you either pull the tranny or get in there with the cutting torch to get it out.
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  9. canuck in da truck

    canuck in da truck Road Train Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    western pa
    if anybody pulls a tranny to replace a clutch brake--they should be tarred and feathered
    very easy to cut out
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  10. Heavyd

    Heavyd Road Train Member

    Feb 4, 2009
    The shop may be right if the truck has a Solo clutch and it is at the end of its life. There are no regular adjustments for Solo clutches. If the clutch is worn out the free play is probably gone so the release bearing is too far away from the brake to make contact with it when the pedal is pushed down all the way. The shop should have explained that to your friend, if not they need to! Solo clutches are standard with Internationals, chances are that is what it has.
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