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Old 06-06-2010, 02:51 PM   #1
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SVT Clutch replacement completed (pics)

I have been posting here for a couple of weeks following the failure of my clutch system. I had drive (ie clutch) but couldn't disengage the clutch and thought it was the hydraulics.
I changed the CMC and bled with a vacuum pump - no result.
I then went in search of the slave cylinder and after taking the trans-axle off found the clutch to be toast, with the fiction material tightly packed in the pressure plate holding the clutch onto the flywheel. My slave was also leaking a bit, probably due to the high pressures I was exerting on it to dis-engage the clutch.
There are many posts on changing the clutch here but I though some of my pictures and issues I found may be of help to you all.

Ready to get going - Car up really high!

The space I had to drop the trans-axle:

Battery Box, air box all out.

Disassemble the suspension and removed the axles complete with knuckle

Don't forget to remove the bolts completely or the knuckle will not release from the front strut or bottom ball joint.

Shafts pop out very easily with a pry-bar. Support the end before you pop out of it may fall out or over bend at the CV joint.

This is the fill plug not the drain plug - as I found out - you need to drain the oil or you will pour oil on your self when you drop the trans-axle.

I made a DIY brace to support the engine from the top. I was easily strong enough. I also used the main cross bar to tie the trans-axle to so I could lower it under control.

The manual tells you to detach the reverse switch - but not how! I just could not see it to know where or what to pull - so I cut the two wire near to the top of the bell housing and spliced them once the tranny was out.

It turned out that the reverse light switch just pulls of the connector, it has a little tab to release it. The other switch however on the back of the tranny near to the fire-wall near to the driver side is the VSS and needs to be removed completely by undoing the Torx bolt and pulling it clear.

Removing the starter motor was a pain - as it was so hard to get to the bolts. I undid one from the under-side and the other from the top side. Not also the bracket for the manual shift cables. This is held on by two bolts fixing it to the tranny and both need to come off so the whole bracket is free. Both of these were red-Loctite fixed (why I don't know) and were very very hard to get off.

Transmission out!! - I had a friend help me pull it off and we were both under the car and pulled it onto a cinder block and then out from the car.
Note all the friction material in the bell-housing.

Here is the flywheel and pressure plate. Note all the friction material jammed into the pressure plate.

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