Honda Accord/Civic/Prelude 1973-1983 Repair Guide

Driven Disc and Pressure Plate



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The clutch driven disc contains asbestos, which has been determined to be a cancer causing agent. Never clean clutch surfaces with compressed air! Avoid inhaling any dust from any clutch surface! When cleaning clutch surfaces, use a commercially available brake cleaning fluid.

  1. Refer to the Manual Transaxle, Removal & Installation procedures in this section and remove the transaxle. Matchmark the flywheel and clutch for reassembly.

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Fig. Fig. 1: Civic CVCC clutch, flywheel and related parts

  1. Using a large pry bar or other fabricated tool, lock the flywheel ring gear. Remove the pressure plate-to-flywheel bolts, the pressure plate and the clutch disc.

Loosen the retaining bolts two turns at a time in a circular pattern. Removing one bolt while the rest are tight may warp the diaphragm spring.

  1. The flywheel can now be removed, if it needs repairing or replacing.
  3. To separate the pressure plate from the diaphragm spring, remove the 4 retracting clips.
  5. To remove the release, or throw-out, bearing, first straighten the locking tab and remove the 8mm bolt, followed by the release shaft and release arm with the bearing attached.

It is recommended that the release bearing be removed after the release arm has been removed from the casing. Trying to remove or install the bearing with the release arm in the case, will damage the retaining clip.

  1. If a new release bearing is to be installed, separate the bearing from the holder, using a bearing drift.

To install:
  1. Assemble and install the clutch and pressure plate assembly in the vehicle. Reverse all the removal procedures.
  3. Be sure to pay attention to the following points:
    1. Make sure that the flywheel and the end of the crankshaft are clean before assembling.
    3. When installing the pressure plate, align the mark on the outer edge of the flywheel with the alignment mark on the pressure plate. Failure to align these marks will result in imbalance.
    5. When tightening the pressure plate bolts, use a pilot shaft to center the friction disc; the pilot shaft can be bought at any large auto supply store or fabricated from a wooden dowel. After centering the disc, tighten the bolts two turns at a time, in a circular pattern to avoid warping the diaphragm spring.
    7. When installing the release shaft and arm, place a lock tab washer under the retaining bolt.
    9. When installing the transaxle, make sure that the mainshaft is properly aligned with the disc spline and the alignment pins are in place, before tightening the case bolts.