Influence of Contamination between Clutch Release Bearing and Sliding Tube on the Clutch Pedal Hysteresis
In recent years vehicle ergonomists have begun dedicating effort towards the study of human motion in the vehicle regarding moving comfort when using commands such as the steering wheel, gear shift and pedals. Correlation between subjective responses of human comfort and the maximum force achieved during the end-of-travel impact and the average slope of the force-displacement curve during the initial disengagement phase is difficult . When end customers complain about clutch pedal actuation comfort, car salesmen and automakers change the entire clutch system, including pressure plate, clutch disc and clutch release bearing (CRB) to solve the problem and the suspicious root cause lies on the CRB. In most cases, previous analyses showed bearing still functional but strong contamination inside the bell housing, on the clutch and between the CRB with plastic housing and the sliding tube.