Clutch Installation, Here Its Tips

# Park the vehicle on a level surface.

# Disconnect the negative battery cable.

# If necessary, raise the vehicle and secure it on jack stands to allow enough room to work. Using two floor jacks provides an extra margin of safety.

# Read the clutch kit’s instructions and refer to a service manual before beginning.

# A come-along or hand winch can be helpful when rolling the transmission/crossmember away from the engine on a floor jack.

# Accumulate socket extensions of varying lengths as well as socket “wobble” joints.

# Just as brake rotors and drums should be “turned” when replacing pads and shoes, always resurface the flywheel as part of a clutch job. Replace a too-worn flywheel if necessary. Clean any grease off the flywheel before installing the new clutch.

# Once it’s removed, inspect the old clutch for signs of other problems. (Oil on the clutch indicates a seal problem on the engine and/or transmission.)

# Indicators of engine/transmission misalignment: uneven wear on the pilot bushing/throwout bearing, clutch surface itself or clutch disc splines, broken clutch retainer plate or springs and uneven wear on a transmission input shaft bearing.

# Common causes of engine/transmission misalignment: broken engine or transmission mounts, warped bellhousing, loose flywheel and damaged bellhousing dowel pins.

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  1. Selay October 12, 2017