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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Aug 4th, 01, 07:14 PM Thread Starter
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Guys, my clutch recently got hard to disengage - so hard that it blew an o-ring in the slave cylinder on my hydraulic clutch setup. Ended up finally dropping the trans tonight - it's a T5.

Didn't know what to expect, but the throwout bearing was "loose" in the bell housing. It was not held in place by the clutch fork.

Turns out the retaining clip had broken off the fork. I suspect that this caused the throwout bearing to bind - does this make sense?

Also noticed a crack in the bellhousing.

What are the chances that the clutch is damaged? Is there anyway to inspect it? I've got half a mind to replace it for insurance, but I'd rather spend the money on some ET's or an XE268. What about the bell housing - is the crack repairable?


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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Aug 4th, 01, 09:33 PM
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It looks like the fingers on your pressure plate got pretty chewed up. I would replace it just to be carefull. If you are racing it at the track I think it is time for a scatter shield the bellhousing can be fixed but it is a good excuse to change it.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old Aug 5th, 01, 08:02 AM Thread Starter
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Oger, Thanks for replying - I need the help.

I took another pic closer up of the clutch because I didn't think it looked bad (but what do I know).

What should I be looking for here?

I would like to go ahead and replace the bellhousing with a Lakewood piece and don't mind the investment in the clutch as long as it fits into longer term plans. I'd like to change out the T5 for a beefier trans and possibly a T56 to get the extra overdrive at some point. Just not prepared right now to fork out the cash for the whole enchilada.

Is there a "upgrade path" where I can use the newly bought bellhousing and clutch later with another overdrive trans? If not, I'm considering buying a new fork and putting it back together as is.
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