Mazda 323/626/929/GLC/MX-6/RX-7 1978-1989

Driven Disc and Pressure Plate

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10

  1. Remove the transmission or transaxle, as detailed earlier in this section.
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  3. Attach a braking device to the flywheel (to keep it from turning during clutch cover removal and installation).
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  5. Temporarily install a clutch arbor to prevent the clutch cover from falling.
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An old input shaft makes an excellent arbor.

  1. Unfasten the bolts which secure the clutch cover/pressure plate, one turn at a time in sequence, until the clutch spring tension is released. Do not remove the bolts on at a time.
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  3. Remove the clutch disc and arbor.
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Be careful not to get grease or oil on the surface of the clutch disc.

  1. Unhook the return spring from the throwout (release) bearing and remove the bearing.
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  3. Pull out the release fork until its retaining spring frees itself from the ball stud. Withdraw the fork from the housing.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Unfasten and remove the transaxle's clutch housing from the engine



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Fig. Fig. 2: A clutch arbor will keep the clutch and pressure plate assembly aligned during removal or installation



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Fig. Fig. 3: Unfasten and remove its retaining bolts...



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Fig. Fig. 4: ... then remove the clutch cover



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Fig. Fig. 5: The clutch disc is positioned against the flywheel



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Fig. Fig. 6: Remove the clutch disc from the flywheel



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Fig. Fig. 7: The throwout bearing and release fork surround the input shaft in the clutch housing



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Fig. Fig. 8: Remove the throwout bearing from the release fork



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Fig. Fig. 9: Common clutch components



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Fig. Fig. 10: RX-7 clutch components; other hydraulic systems are similar

To install:
  1. Clean the flywheel and pressure plate surfaces with fine emery paper. Be sure that there is no oil or grease on them.
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  3. Use an arbor to center the clutch disc during installation. Install the clutch disc with the long end of its hub facing the transmission/transaxle.
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Use an old input shaft to center the clutch disc, if an arbor is not available.

  1. Align the O-mark on the clutch cover with the reamed hole of the O-mark on the flywheel.
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  3. Tighten the clutch cover bolts, using 2-3 passes of a crisscross pattern, to 13-20 ft. lbs. (18-27 Nm). Remove the arbor/input shaft and flywheel braking device.
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  5. Grease the pivot pin. Insert the release fork through its boot so that its retaining spring contacts the pivot pin.
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  7. Lightly grease the face of the throwout bearing and its clutch housing retainer.
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  9. Install the throwout bearing and return spring. Check the operation of the release fork and throwout bearing for smoothness.
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  11. Install the transmission or transaxle.
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