Hello I recently replaced the clutch and master cylinders in my 98 Honda Civic with 192k original miles on the clutch.
After setting the pedal free play to 12mm (per service manual specs) I noticed it has a hard time engaging gears especially first.
If I decrease the free play to roughly (what feels like) 5mm it shifts very smoothly and the pedal has a nice firm feel to it.
I drove around till it was warm to make sure the release bearing wasn’t resting on the pressure plate and causing slipping.
All seems good, but I’m worried that maybe it’s barely riding the pressure plate at this setting? If it was would there be any indication like noise or anything?
Thoughts on why it shifts better with little free play?