Loose ball bearings by flywheel?

Bernie Benz b.benz at charter.net
Tue Sep 29 08:23:59 PDT 2009

There was also something wrong with your clutch release (throw out)  
bearing to have caused the pressure plate spring fingers to  
excessively wear in such short mileage. (Mine going strong at 225K.)
When engaged the fingers are in contact with the hard flat face of  
the TO bearing and should drive that bearing face at engine speed,  
without slippage and resultant wear. Hope that you also changed out  
this bearing.


On Sep 29, 2009, at 7:46 AM, Nick Lawrence wrote:

>> I don't think you will have to change other wear-able things than the
>> clutch-plate and the clutch-trust bearing of course unless there are
>> damage
>> on the clutch-fingers.
>         I pulled my '90 200tqa trans for what I thought was release  
> bearing
> noise.  The release bearing was visibly good and turned by habd  
> without bind
> or roughness,  however the ends of the fingers were worn to near  
> the limits
> spelled out in the Bentley, this occured in about 120k miles.
>         The noise was the pilot bearing,  it had mostly turned to  
> dust!  So
> yep, they can wear as well.
>> On 3b and Ur-quattro's with 016 gearbox, the pilot bearing is a  
>> needle
>> bearing pressed into the end of the crank and I don't think they  
>> wear.
>> Claus
>> 200 20V Avant 90
>> Urq 83, 549 Hp

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