Originally Posted by bbishoppcm
Well, I finally did replace my belt; I took the opportunity to clean and inspect my clutch, and found the friction material to be slightly glazed. After de-glazing the pads and replacing the belt, she moves like a new machine! Before this, it would shudder like an earthquake on startup, and slip at higher speeds (I struggled to reach 70 before; now, she'll make it all the way to 73 no problem). I did notice the clutch was thinning, but I should get another season or two out of it.
I'm glad you got it working. Now you don't have to worry about having a Chinese Clutch self-destructing on the highway!