How Do You Replace A Broken Clutch Release Bearing?
The clutch release bearing is integral to your car's transmission system. It helps the pressure plate move against the flywheel so that power can be delivered from the engine to the gearbox. If this bearing is damaged or broken, it can cause a number of problems with your vehicle, including grinding noises when shifting gears, difficulty in shifting gears, and a noticeable decrease in acceleration power. Replacing this bearing requires some mechanical dexterity, but it is possible if you have the right tools, patience and available space. How should you proceed?
Step 1 - Remove the Transmission From the Vehicle
The first step in fixing a broken clutch release bearing is to remove the transmission from your vehicle. This process will depend on what type of car you have but usually involves disconnecting the battery, removing any brackets or protective covers that are connected to the transmission, draining the gear oil from it, and then unbolting it from its mountings.
Step 2 - Remove the Pressure Plate
Once you have removed the transmission from your vehicle, you can access the pressure plate. To do this, you will need to disconnect any wires that may be attached (or the clutch cable if a manual operation) and then loosen the bolts that hold the plate in place so it can be removed.
Step 3 - Replace the Clutch Release Bearing
The last step in replacing a broken clutch release bearing is to replace it with a new one. To do this, you will need either a puller or press tool, depending on what type of clutch assembly is installed in your vehicle (your service manual should specify which). Once you select an appropriate tool for removing/installing your new clutch release bearing, follow the given instructions until everything is securely fastened into place again. Make sure all bolts are tightened properly before putting everything back together again. Ensure that the clutch cable is reattached and correctly adjusted, or reconnect the cables if appropriate.
The Best Approach
This can certainly be an intimidating job for those who don't have experience, and if you don't have a vehicle lift, it can certainly be awkward to access the area. This is why most people in your situation will outsource the work to an experienced mechanic with the right tools for the job. And remember, you don't want to start a job like this and then find that you are stuck, as this will certainly add some additional complications that you could do without.
Contact a car repair shop to learn more.