REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
- Disconnect the negative (-) battery cable.
- Remove the transaxle as outlined in the "Transaxle" removal procedures in this section.
- Mark the pressure plate assembly and flywheel so that they can be assembled in the same position. They were balanced as an assembly at the factory.
- Loosen the pressure plate attaching bolts one turn at a time until spring tension is relieved.
- Support the pressure plate and remove the bolts. Remove the pressure plate and clutch disc. Do not disassemble the pressure plate assembly; replace it if it is defective.
- Inspect the flywheel, clutch disc, pressure plate, release bearing and the clutch fork and pivot shaft assembly for wear. Replace the parts as required. If the flywheel shows any signs of overheating, or if it badly grooved or scored, it should be resurfaced or replaced.
After spending all this time to remove the transaxle and clutch assembly, you do not want to reinstall used parts that will fail after a short time. It is recommended that when servicing the clutch, replace the pressure plate, clutch disc and release bearing as an assembly. Also check the flywheel for burning or scoring, if these conditions exist have the flywheel resurfaced or replaced. Remanufactured clutch components can be purchased at your local parts distributor at a fraction of the cost of new.
- Clean the pressure plate and flywheel mating surfaces thoroughly. Place the clutch disc and pressure plate into the installed position, and support with a dummy (pilot) shaft or clutch aligning tool. The clutch plate is aligned with the damper springs offset towards the transaxle. One side of the factory supplied clutch disc is stamped "Flywheel Slide".
- Install the pressure plate-to-flywheel bolts and tighten them gradually in a criss-cross pattern. The final torque specification for the pressure plate-to-flywheel attaching bolts is 15 ft. lbs. (20 Nm).
- Lubricate the outside groove and the inside recess of the release bearing with high temperature grease. Wipe off any excess. Install the release bearing.
- Install the transaxle input shaft into the clutch disc by aligning the splines of the input shaft to the splines of the clutch disc. If the splines will not align, the input shaft may have to be turned or the clutch disc may have to be realigned with the pilot shaft.
- Finish installing the transaxle as outlined in the "Transaxle" installation procedures in this section.