Repair Pontiac Mid-size 1974-1983 Repair Guide

Driven Disc and Pressure Plate

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Fig. 1 Exploded view of the clutch components



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Fig. Fig. 2 Cross-sectional view of the clutch assembly



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Fig. Fig. 3 Loosen and remove the clutch and pressure plate bolts evenly, a little at a time ...



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Fig. Fig. 4 ... then carefully remove the clutch and pressure plate assembly from the flywheel



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Fig. Fig. 5 Check across the flywheel surface, it should be flat



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Fig. Fig. 6 If necessary, lock the flywheel in place and remove the retaining bolts ...



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Fig. Fig. 7 ... then remove the flywheel from the crankshaft in order replace it or have it machined



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Fig. Fig. 8 Upon installation, it is usually a good idea to apply a thread-locking compound to the flywheel bolts



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Fig. Fig. 9 Check the pressure plate for excessive wear



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Fig. Fig. 10 Be sure that the flywheel surface is clean, before installing the clutch



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Fig. Fig. 11 Install a clutch alignment arbor, to align the clutch assembly during installation



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Fig. Fig. 12 Clutch plate installed with the arbor in place



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Fig. Fig. 13 Clutch plate and pressure plate installed with the alignment arbor in place



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Fig. Fig. 14 Pressure plate-to-flywheel bolt holes should align



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Fig. Fig. 15 You may want to use a thread locking compound on the clutch assembly bolts



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Fig. Fig. 16 Install the clutch assembly bolts and tighten in steps, using an X pattern



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Fig. Fig. 17 Be sure to use a torque wrench to tighten all bolts



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Fig. Fig. 18 Grease the clutch release fork ball



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Fig. Fig. 19 On these style bearings, grease the throwout bearing assembly at the outer contact points ...



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Fig. Fig. 20 ... and at the throwout bearing assembly at the inner contact points

  1. Remove the transmission as previously outlined.
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  3. Disconnect the clutch return spring and the clutch rod assembly. Remove the throwout bearing.
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  5. Remove the bell housing. The starter does not have to be removed. The clutch release arm can stay in the housing.
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  7. Scribe an "X" mark on the flywheel opposite the mark on the pressure plate cover. The marks are there for balance purposes.
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  9. Remove the pressure plate attaching bolts and remove the pressure plate and clutch assembly.
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To install:

  1. To install the clutch and pressure plate assembly, you will need a clutch alignment tool or an old input shaft. During installation, be very careful not to get grease on the clutch disc, the flywheel or the pressure plate.
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  3. Install the clutch disc and pressure plate assembly, being careful to align the "X" marks. Install the attaching bolts loosely.
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  5. Align the clutch disc using an alignment tool or an old input shaft. Leave the alignment tool in place while you tighten the attaching bolts. (Alignment tools are available at most auto parts jobbers or auto tool dealers).
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  7. Tighten the attaching bolts; tighten the three bolts marked "L" first. Tighten all the bolts to 30 ft. lbs.
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  9. Reinstall the bell housing.
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  11. Install the throwout bearing (release bearing).
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  13. Install the transmission.
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