Ford Sable, Taurus 2000-05

Driven Disc & Pressure Plate


Removal & Installation

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable
    Heat shield, then the mounting bolts
    Speed and reference mark sensors at the flywheel housing. Mark the plugs for reinstallation.
    Transmission and clutch housing
    With a 265/6 transmission (without an integral clutch housing), clutch housing. On vehicles with 6-cylinder engines, a Torx® socket is required.

  5. Prevent the flywheel from turning, using a suitable locking tool.
  7. Loosen the mounting bolts one after another gradually, 1-112
  9. Remove the mounting bolts, clutch and driveplate. Coat the splines of the transmission input shaft with Molykote® Long-term 2, Microlube® GL 2611. Be sure the clutch pilot bearing, located in the center of the crankshaft, turns easily.
  11. Check the clutch driven disc for excess wear or cracks. Check the integral torsional damping springs, used with lighter flywheels only, for tight fit. Inspect the rivets to be sure they are all tight. Inspect the flywheel to be sure it is not scored, cracked, or burned. Use a straightedge to verify the contact surface is true. Replace any defective parts.

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    Fig. Clutch pressure plate mounting bolts

To install:

On vehicles with 6-cylinder engines, the clutch pressure plate must fit over dowel pins.

  1. To install, fit the new clutch disk on a suitable clutch alignment tool and center the tool with the flywheel by centering it with the clutch pilot bearing. Mount the clutch pressure plate and install the mounting bolts. Clutch mounting bolts: 16-19 ft. lbs. (21-26 Nm).
  3. When installing the clutch retaining bolts turn them in gradually to evenly tighten the clutch pressure plate to prevent warpage.
  5. Install or connect the following:

    Clutch housing, if equipped with separate housing, then the transmission. If the clutch housing is part of the transmission, install the transmission.
    Speed and reference mark sensors, if equipped; then the heat shield
    The remaining components in the reverse order from which they were removed
    All remaining fluids as necessary
    Negative battery cable