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4kq clutch replacement and bleeding question
Hi again everyone! This weekend I helped replace the clutch on my friends
4kq. He was having a problem with the driveline shuttering (so we put in
new tranny mounts too) and the throwout bearing was making a lot of noise.
When we dropped the tranny, we found the push rod wore a hole in the clutch
operating lever! This probably also caused about 5 of the springs on the
pressure plate to be pushed in almost 1/2" from where they should be! The
springs holding the T.O. bearing were also non existent and we found a bit
of an Allen wrench in the bell housing!
Anyway, after commenting for a half hour or so over beers about how amazing
it was the car still moved, we began reassembly.
Everything was replaced and reassembled. No extra parts, and everything
went together well we went to bleed the clutch. We had to bleed the clutch
because we disconnected the hose at the slave cylinder because we couldn't
get the slave cyl. out of the tranny. We used a 'single man brake bleeder'
tool, basically a hose with a pair of stainless steel ball check valves on
the end of it to assist in bleeding the system. Anyway, after 2 hours of
bleeding we still coudn't get the clutch to actuate properly. The pedal
would spring back without a problem, but acted as if it wouldn't push the
T.O. bearing far enough into the pressure plate springs. Oh, and of course
we replaced the cluch actuating lever in the tranny, so no, the piston isn't
pushing through it. Any suggestions to what we are doing wrong? I'm
thinking it's got something to do with the slave cyl. because the tranny
shifts into the gears easily when the car's off, but won't budge into them
with the car on and clutch depressed.
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