Q: Clutch Installation General Guidelines
Clutch Installation General Guidelines Be prepared to check guidelines for installing a clutch: It is always recommended to refer to your factory service manual for clutch installation specifications regarding your particular make and model of vehicle. Replace both the pressure plate and disc assembly. They work together always replace them together. (never use a new disc with a worn pressure plate) Determine the cause of original clutch failure! If replacement is for other than normal wear, the cause of failure must be properly diagnosed and repaired. If oil is present on the old clutch assembly, the leak must be corrected before installing a new clutch assembly. Clean and then check the splines on the transmission input shaft for signs of abnormal wear or twisting, then slide the new disc on the input shaft checking for free movement over the splines. The flywheel should be resurfaced to the original specifications, this will insure proper, trouble free clutch performance and operation. Remove all traces of oil or grease from the flywheel and pressure plate assembly using a non-petroleum based cleaner. (brake cleaner works well) Thoroughly clean and inspect all clutch linkage parts (fork, clevis, pins, etc.) and replace any parts showing signs of wear or damage. Always replace the throw out bearing and pilot bushing/ bearing (where applicable), and sparingly lubricate the throw out bearing retaining collar surface after inspecting for signs of wear or galling. Be sure that any special fasteners (shouldered bolts, flywheel dowel pins, etc.) are used and placed in their proper locations. Always use a proper clutch alignment tool during installation to insure correct positioning of the pressure plate assembly, disc and pilot bushing/bearing. Torque all pressure plate and flywheel assembly bolts to manufacturers specifications using a progressive crisscross pattern. Adjust clutch pedal freeplay (where applicable) to correct original specifications.