3901Clutch work tips
- Oct 4, 2005I've done many clutches in my life, although none on a
Along with the seals you need to replace while the
transmission is removed, the note about mounts should
also apply to the engine mounts. I don't know the
life pan for them but since you will be under the car
anyway, with all the tools, I'd suggest looking them
over just to be sure.
Inspect your universal joints also. They can be a
cause for sudden failure and replacing them while the
drive shafts are removed is half the job anyway. If
there is play in them or in the ends, that has been an
issue on other cars and when you think of the torque
they endure, they should be looked over.
When it comes to reassembling a clutch, I'm not sure
about the BMW, but in the states for domestic cars,
they sell this little plastic tool called a spline
alingment tool. It makes it almost bulletproof and
saves untold hours of labor to get the transmission
spline line up done properly. I wasted an entire day
my first time to repair a clutch 25 years ago trying
to line everything up. Once I learned of that tool, I
was able to complete a clutch job on a Pontiac
Firebird for a college roommate in about 2.5 hours
total time. BIG help. Not sure if they hae or need
them, but anyone who has done this job can suggest
other time saviing tips like that.
have fun! Drive safe.
> Date: Mon, 3 Oct 2005 07:22:11 -0700 (PDT)__________________________________
> From: Guy DiCesare <guydicesare2000@...>
> Subject: funny noise of the moment
> Hi everyone. Have had a problem with a shrieking
> when coming off the clutch from stop into first
> Only happens when I'm starting off. Was told this
> could be the throwout bearing. Yesterday, car (88
> 535is) started with squealing at idle which can be
> made worse by partially depressing the clutch.
> feels very strong, however. First: is this condition
> something I can drive on for a while or am I risking
> sudden failure. Also, if it is time for the clutch,
> can you recommend other things that should be done
> long as the clutch is being done (I understand
> a lot of work involved just accessing this clutch)?
> Thanks for your help-Guy
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