REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
- Disconnect the negative battery cable. If so equipped, disable the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), as described in Chassis Electrical .
- Raise and safely support the vehicle.
- Remove the transaxle from the vehicle. Matchmark the flywheel and clutch for reassembly.
- Hold the flywheel ring gear with a tool made for this purpose, remove the retaining bolts and remove the pressure plate and clutch disc. Remove the bolts 2 turns at a time working in a crisscross pattern, to prevent warping the pressure plate.
- Remove the assembly from the flywheel.
- At this time, inspect the flywheel for wear, cracks or scoring and replace, as necessary. Resurfacing the flywheel surface is not recommended.
If the clutch release bearing is to be replaced, perform the following procedure on all except Prelude and 1990-95 Accord:
- Remove the 8mm bolt.
- Remove the release shaft and the release bearing assembly.
- Separate the release fork from the bearing by removing the release fork spring from the holes in the release bearing.
To remove the release bearing on Prelude and 1990-95 Accord, perform the following procedure:
- Remove the boot from the clutch housing.
- Remove the release fork from the clutch housing by squeezing the release fork set spring.
- Remove the release bearing from the release fork.
- Check the release bearing for excessive play by spinning it by hand. Replace if there is excessive play. The bearing is packed with grease; do not wash it in solvent.
- If the flywheel was removed, make sure the flywheel and crankshaft mating surfaces are clean. Align the hole in the flywheel with the crankshaft dowel pin and install the flywheel bolts finger-tight. Install the ring gear holder and tighten the flywheel bolts in a crisscross pattern. Tighten the flywheel bolts to 76 ft. lbs. (105 Nm) on Prelude and Accord.
- Install the clutch disc and pressure plate by aligning the dowels on the flywheel with the dowel holes in the pressure plate. If the same pressure plate is being installed that was removed, align the marks that were made during the removal procedure. Install the pressure plate bolts finger-tight.
- Insert a clutch disc alignment tool into the splined hole in the clutch disc. These inexpensive tools are available at most auto supply or parts stores. Using the tool assures that the clutch disc and pressure plate are exactly centered. Tighten the pressure plate bolts in a crisscross pattern 2 turns at a time to prevent warping the pressure plate. The final torque should be 19 ft. lbs. (26 Nm).
- Remove the alignment tool and ring gear holder.
- If the release bearing was removed, replace it in the reverse order of the removal procedure. Place a light coat of molybdenum disulfide grease on the inside diameter of the bearing prior to installation.
- Install the transaxle, making sure the mainshaft is properly aligned with the clutch disc splines and the transaxle case is properly aligned with the cylinder block, before tightening the transaxle case bolts.
- Adjust the clutch pedal free-play.
- If applicable, enable the SRS as described in Chassis Electrical .
- Connect the negative battery cable.