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Replacing the Clutch Kit

How to replace the clutch kit

Clutch

This diagram demonstrates how these components are arranged.

PLEASE NOTE: IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THIS INSTALLATION SHOULD BE DONE BY A QUALIFIED TECHNICIAN ONLY, AND NOT BY A DIY ENTHUSIAST.

The standard clutch kit consists of a pressure plate, clutch plate and release bearing. These are secured to the flywheel with mechanical fasteners, and rotate via the flywheel.

It is highly recommended that all the relevant components be replaced at the same time. It is also advisable to machine the flywheel in order to ensure that the flywheel mating surface is within the required specification.

There are two types of gearboxes: front wheel drive (FWD) and rear wheel drive (RWD). The rear wheel drive clutch kit is easier to remove and install than the front wheel drive clutch kit.

The following are components in the hydraulic clutch system:

  1. Clutch plate
  2. Pressure plate
  3. Release bearing
  4. Release fork
  5. Clutch operating cylinder
  6. Hydraulic line
  7. Master cylinder
  8. Clutch pedal
  9. Joint
  10. Adjustment for free play
  11. Pedal free play (12 – 18mm)
  12. Slave adjustment (just touching)

USEFUL TIP 1:
The clutch plate facing needs to bed properly against the flywheel mating surface area. To ensure that this happens, operate the clutch smoothly for the first few kilometres after installation.

USEFUL TIP 2:
It is advisable to inspect the flywheel for irregular wear before the fitment of a new clutch kit. If the flywheel is not within specification, then it should be machined to ensure the surfaces are compatible with the new clutch kit.

USEFUL TIP 3:
When replacing the clutch kit, it is recommended that any fluid in the clutch hydraulic system be replaced at the same time.

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