REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7
- On 1984-88 models equipped with Digital Motor Electronics (DME), remove the protective heat shield attaching bolts from the right side of the transmission.
- Tag then disconnect the speed and reference mark sensors at the flywheel housing.
- Remove the transmission and clutch housing as described in this section. On some models, a Torx® socket is required to remove the lower transmission retaining bolts.
- Prevent the flywheel from turning, using a suitable locking tool.
- Loosen the mounting bolts one after another gradually (1 1 1 / 2 turns at a time) to relieve tension from the clutch.
- Remove the mounting bolts, clutch, and drive plate. Coat the splines of the transmission input shaft with Molykote® Long-term 2, Microlube® GL 2611, or equivalent grease. Make sure the clutch pilot bearing, located in the center of the crankshaft, turns easily.
- Check the clutch disc for excessive wear or cracks. Check the integral torsional dampening springs used with lighter flywheels, for a tight fit so they cannot rattle or become dislocated. Inspect all rivets to make sure they are tight. Check the flywheel to make sure it is not scored or cracked. Use a straight edge to make sure the contact surface is true. Replace any defective parts.
- Fit the new clutch plate and disc in place and install the mounting bolts.
- When installing the clutch retaining bolts turn them gradually in a crisscross pattern to evenly tighten the clutch disc and prevent warpage.
- Install the transmission and the clutch housing.
- On vehicles equipped, install the speed and reference mark sensors. Install the protective heat shield.
- Note that on late model 6-cylinder engines, the clutch pressure plate must fit over dowel pins. Tighten the clutch mounting bolts to 16-17 ft. lbs. (21-22 Nm) for 1970-82 vehicles, and 17-19 ft. lbs. (22-23 Nm) for 1983-88 models.