REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
- Remove the transmission.
- Matchmark the clutch cover (pressure plate) and flywheel, indicating their relationship.
- Loosen the clutch cover-to-flywheel retaining bolts, one turn at a time, in a crisscross pattern. The pressure on the clutch disc must be released GRADUALLY.
- Remove the clutch cover-to-flywheel bolts. Remove the clutch cover and the clutch disc.
If the clutch throw-out bearing is to be replaced, do so at this time as follows:
- Remove the bearing retaining clip(s) and remove the bearing and hub.
- Remove the release fork and the boot.
- The bearing is press fit to the hub. Turn the bearing by hand while placing it under some pressure. Check for freedom of motion and lack of grinding or resistance. The bearing is permanently lubricated and cannot be disassembled or greased.
- Clean all parts; lightly grease the input shaft splines and all of the contact points.
- Install the bearing/hub assembly, fork, boot, and retaining clip(s) in their original locations.
- Inspect the flywheel surface for cracks, heat scoring (blue marks), and warpage. If oil is present on the flywheel surface, this indicates that either the engine rear oil seal or the transmission front oil seal is leaking. If necessary, replace the seal(s). If in doubt concerning the condition of the flywheel, consult an automotive machine shop.
- Before installing any new parts, make sure that they are clean. During installation, do NOT get grease or oil on any of the components, as this will shorten clutch life considerably. Grease or fingerprints may be cleaned with an evaporative cleaner such as the type used on brake linings.
- Position the clutch disc against the flywheel. The long side of the splined section faces the flywheel.
- Install the clutch cover over the disc and install the bolts loosely. Align the matchmarks made. If a new or rebuilt clutch cover assembly is installed, use the matchmark on the old cover assembly as a reference.
Whenever the clutch disc is replaced, replacement of the pressure plate (clutch cover) and release bearing is highly recommended.
- Align the clutch disc with the flywheel using a clutch aligning tool. These handy tools are available in many auto parts stores at a reasonable price. Do NOT attempt to align the clutch disc by eye; use an alignment tool.
- With the clutch aligning tool installed, tighten the clutch cover bolts gradually in a star pattern, as is done with lug nuts. Final tighten the bolts to 14 ft. lbs. (19 Nm).
- Apply molybdenum disulfide grease, or multi-purpose grease, to the release fork contact points, the pivot and the clutch disc splines. Install the boot, fork, and bearing on the transmission input shaft.
- Install the transmission.