Chrysler Neon 1995-1999 Repair Guide

Release Bearing and Fork

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



  1. Remove the transaxle from the vehicle.
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  3. Move the lever and bearing assembly to a vertical in-line position. Grasp the release lever with 2 hands in the pivot stud socket area. Pull with even pressure and the lever will pop off with the pivot-stud. Do NOT use a prytool or screwdriver to pop the lever off. This may damage the spring clip on the lever.
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  5. As a unit, remove the fork from the bearing thrust plate. Be careful not to damage the bearing retention tabs.
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  7. Check the bearing condition. The bearing is a pre-lubricated, sealed unit and should not be immersed in oil or solvent.
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  9. The bearing should turn smoothly when held in the hand under a light thrust load. A light drag, caused by the lubricant fill, is considered normal. If the bearing is noisy, rough or dry, you must replace the bearing.
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  11. Check the condition of the pivot stud spring clips on the back side of the clutch fork. If the clips are broken or distorted, the fork must be replaced.
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To install:
  1. The pivot ball pocket in the fork is Teflon® coated and should be installed without any lubrication, such as grease. Using grease will break down the Teflon® coating. Be sure the ball stud and fork pocket are clean of contamination and dirt.
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  3. Assemble the fork to the bearing. The small pegs on the bearing must go over the fork arms.
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  5. Slide the bearing and fork assembly onto the input shaft bearing retainer, as a unit.
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  7. Snap the clutch fork onto the pivot ball.
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  9. Install the transaxle assembly, as outlined earlier in this section.
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