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I have a 2001 Kia Rio, and I was told that I have to adjust the clutch every 300 miles. However, no one can tell me where it is. I'm just a computer geek, and not an auto mechanic.
 

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I'm 99% confident that the '01 Rio has a hydraulic clutch, similar to my '02 Spectra.

There is no adjustment in the hydraulic clutch per se.

Symptoms that tell you you have a clutch problem would be:
1) With the clutch all the way in, there is consistent grinding or clunking when trying to put the car in gear...especially into 1st at a dead stop. This would mean the clutch is not fully disengaging.
2) With the car in gear, and the clutch pedal fully out, the engine will race somewhat especially around 20-30mph. (The engine will rev without a commensurate change in vehicle speed). This indicates that the clutch is slipping. Most likely the clutch needs to be replaced in this case...not adjusted.

I have 116,000 miles on my '02 spectra without any clutch adjustments, so I'm pretty sure you got bad information about adjusting your clutch every 300 miles

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the only adjustment possible is to the pedal..
 

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A member by the name of byron sent me the following in an email. This is what he has to say about this thread....

under the front of the air box. put the car on a hoist or jack stands(properly braced), and the clutch adjuster is a locking adj. screw at the end of the cable right below the front part of the airbox inlet. Anyone who knows how to adjust a clutch will be able to do it for you in about 2 minutes. Once you see it done once, you will be able to do it yourself, but don't overdo it. unless the clutch starts slipping or feels like its not going into gear, don't adjust it, a slightly looser clutch will last longer and as long as its still working well, don't mess with it. do yourself a favor and change the factory gearlube immediately with Castrol/Quaker State synthetic, or you will have all the same problems everyone else is having with their clutches.
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byron is wrong. its a hydrolic clutch no adjustments possible.
 

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Hydraulic clutch models.........there is NO external or internal Transmission adjustment for the clutch. Those nuts are for the shift-cable and shift interlock adjustment on the 2 shifter cables.
The clutch has a pre-loaded slave cylinder similar to most asian imports on the trans.
There is an adjustment on the pedal only. And only for pedal freeplay.
The clutch master cylinder has a threaded rod attaching it to the pedal clevis. Should be an 8mm lock nut on the rod.
Break the lock nut loose and spin the rod with your fingertips to adjust the pedal freeplay, then tighten it back down................be certain you are adjusting it properly. Correct freeplay is critical. Adjustment spec's & procedures are in the service manual(s).
The service/inspection interval is every 30K miles.................not 300.

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2001 Rio has a cable clutch, which can be adjusted.
Unless US spec cars are very different from EU spec cars.

12mm nut on cable on top of gearbox, adjust till theres a slight free movement in the cable end, should be around 1.5" free play at pedal.
 

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but there is no 1.5 in the us as far as I know its a 1.6L
and yes most european cars are very different from us versions.
 

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sorry for the confusion, I should have been clearer. The 01-02 rio has a cable clutch in every country in the world. Same car, same platform, etc. It is adjustable exactly like I mentioned in my earlier comment, but the real problem with Kia transmission or gearboxes is the watery factory lubricant wearing out parts prematurely. Remember, the factory uses what they call, break in lubricant in vehicles when they are sold new. It is supposed to be removed by 10K kms or miles maximum. Previously, I was a technical consultant for a U.S. based lubricant company. Remember the factory puts break in oil in vehicles when new. Break in oil is just basically watered down oil that allows parts to develop a conformal wear pattern for maximum reliability, life expectancy, etc.
HOWEVER, leaving it in your car for a year or two is suicide. Dont expect the dealer to tell you that because dealers make most of their money on NON WARRANTY service and if you listen to them about maintenance, your car will last until about 3 months after the warranty expires.

When I bought my car, by the time it was at 10,000 kms mileage it was undergoing its 4th oil change. I do it at 500, 1500, 5000 and every 5000 kms after that. I also change gear lube at 1000 kms and again every 40k kms and I rarely have the engine / tranny problems others have with theirs.
 

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man then how come I never changed my tranny fluid in my sephia for 120,000 miles that watered down as you say oil wouldve killed my tranny. it still ran (I drove it the day I started parting it out anyone need a good tranny LOL)until I decided i was gonna trade it in then couldnt get nothing because kias resale is horrid so i parted it out.. thats besides the point they dont use "so called watered down oils" it would be in every manual man............... change the factory oils at so and so.. thats not the case......... i gurantee it.

show the proof.... not he said she said.. I never ever heard of such a thang..

and there are BIG differences from usa spec cars and european.. the euopean countries have way stiffer emmision and other regulations that we dont have...
 

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Thank you Byron!

Byron was absolutely correct! I joined just to thank you! THANK YOU! Also thanks for the info on Kia's horrible business practices. I will be replacing the transmission fluid today.

I have to say I got a little tired of people telling me, "It's hydraulic, there is no cable, and it isn't adjustable!" when I could look on the pedal and SEE a freaking cable! Even the idiot dealer told my Mom this, it's her car, but using Byron's instructions I adjusted the cable easily in just a few minutes and now she can drive the car again.

So, please, the next time you want to tell someone there is no cable and it's not adjustable don't. There Is a cable and it IS adjustable. Please don't answer questions if you have no idea what you are talking about; which even the moderator is guilty of.

It has to be adjusted every 6 months as it constantly comes loose. Great engineering Kia. I'm going to get another nut to put on the back of it to lock it in place, problem solved... hopefully.
 

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Hi Byron
Sorry I am new to this.I have a Kia Rio 2001 and the clutch pedal feels very hard to push down and has to be right down to change gear please advise me if I can adjust it.
 

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Byron was absolutely correct! I joined just to thank you! THANK YOU! Also thanks for the info on Kia's horrible business practices. I will be replacing the transmission fluid today.

I have to say I got a little tired of people telling me, "It's hydraulic, there is no cable, and it isn't adjustable!" when I could look on the pedal and SEE a freaking cable! Even the idiot dealer told my Mom this, it's her car, but using Byron's instructions I adjusted the cable easily in just a few minutes and now she can drive the car again.

So, please, the next time you want to tell someone there is no cable and it's not adjustable don't. There Is a cable and it IS adjustable. Please don't answer questions if you have no idea what you are talking about; which even the moderator is guilty of.

It has to be adjusted every 6 months as it constantly comes loose. Great engineering Kia. I'm going to get another nut to put on the back of it to lock it in place, problem solved... hopefully.
SInce when should a moderator "know everything" about every car? We aren't supposed to. We keep the forum clean or bad users, move posts to correct forums, and other duties. We are not Kia mechanics, don't claim to be, we do not know everything and do not claim to.

Why instead of saying all of this, post some pics for people since you know how to do this, it would b helpful for other users.
 

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Alo ha,
I have a 2002 Kia Rio. You may never believe this, but the hood sticker say's the engine is a 1.5. Yep, not a 1.6. Guess what? I live in Hawaii.
Here's another shocker- No clutch master cylinder- no clutch slave cylinder.
Amazed? It actually has a CLUTCH CABLE!

I see someone here said that adjustment was "only" "possible" at the pedal, and "byron is wrong. its a hydrolic clutch no adjustments possible"
and "but there is no 1.5 in the us as far as I know its a 1.6"

Anyway, why don't people who make such erroneous statements ever apologize?
 

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[quoteAlo ha,
I have a 2002 Kia Rio. You may never believe this, but the hood sticker say's the engine is a 1.5. Yep, not a 1.6. Guess what? I live in Hawaii.
Here's another shocker- No clutch master cylinder- no clutch slave cylinder.
Amazed? It actually has a CLUTCH CABLE!

I see someone here said that adjustment was "only" "possible" at the pedal, and "byron is wrong. its a hydrolic clutch no adjustments possible"
and "but there is no 1.5 in the us as far as I know its a 1.6"

Anyway, why don't people who make such erroneous statements ever apologize? ][/quote]

One more reason to fill out your profile.
 

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Hello.
I've been reading the forums for info regarding my 2001 Kia Rio 1.5 Manual Trans. My clutch pedal is practically on the floor (but it still shifts just fine). From reading this, I learned that I have a cable clutch (wich is good to know before I break stuff trying to find a slave cylinder). So, according to this, I just have to adjust the cable(s) to bring my pedal back up and leave about 1.5" of free play? Is this correct? I just want to make sure sonce there seems to be more bickering about who's right versus actual info. Thanks!

Jose
 
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