Loose ball bearings by flywheel?

Ben Swann benswann at verizon.net
Mon Sep 28 18:55:03 PDT 2009

Those are definitely ball bearings from the clutch release bearing!

Mine did make a lot of noise, and even noticed some clutch issues prior to the bearing
exploding and I had been deferring this maintenance - bad boy!  But really I was getting
ready to do the job, and the disintegrated bearing, etc. got me to it a little quicker.

You will need to have new pin(s) installed in the flywheel, or simply replace it.


[From: Tony Hoffman <auditony at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: Loose ball bearings by flywheel?
To: Mike <xthejuicex at gmail.com>
Cc: 200q20v at audifans.com
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Hmm, that's a bit of a stumper. They look like the input shaft bearings, but you would
have definately heard the noise before it fell apart like that. And, I seem to recall
them being bigger than that.

Tony Hoffman

On Sun, Sep 27, 2009 at 4:43 PM, Mike <xthejuicex at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hey everyone. I was checking out to see if the cps pin on my flywheel was broken and
when I pulled out the starter to look through the hole at the flywheel, these small
metal balls came out. They had grease on 
> them and when I poked around inside i could see and feel some small sharp pieces of
> Did some bearing explode or something? Here is a pic of the balls and  are next to a
lighter for reference. 
> http://i38.tinypic.com/2yum6md.jpg . BTW the car won't start but would crank over and
get fuel.]

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