The release bearing is operated by a slave cylinder in the clutch housing. The slave cylinder force causes the release bearing to move into contact with the diaphragm spring. As additional force is applied, the bearing presses the diaphragm spring fingers inward on the fulcrums. This action moves the pressure plate rearward relieving clamping force on the clutch disc. Releasing pedal pressure removes clutch hydraulic pressure. The release bearing then moves away from the diaphragm spring which allows the pressure plate to exert clamping force on the clutch disc.
Removal & Installation
- Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
- Disconnect battery negative cable from battery and properly isolate to prevent accidental reconnection.
Remove or disconnect the following:
Transmission. See TRANSMISSION.
Inspect the clutch slave cylinder/release bearing for signs of leakage and wear and replace worn parts as necessary.
- Position the slave cylinder/release bearing in the bell housing.
- Install the slave cylinder/release bearing bolts and tighten to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm)
- Install the transmission. See TRANSMISSION.
- Bleed the hydraulic clutch system.