Shop CLUTCH T/O BEARING INSTALL
CLUTCH RELEASE (T/O) BEARING REPLACEMENTReplacing your "Clutch Release Bearing", also known as a "Throw Out" bearing? This will show you the proper order to assemble it.
Step #1 "Position Bearing"
Lay the bearing on a flat surface with the flanged end down.
Step #2 "Install Ring"
Place the thin flat washer ring down the bearing until it rests on the machined ledge.
Step #3 "Install Spring Washer"
Next install the Spring/Wave washer. It's critical that this is installed correctly. The tanged inside that flares outward should be placed downward so that the tips of the tangs will come to rest on the thin ring washer.
Step #4 "Position of Washers"
This simply shows the important positioning of the two washers installed so far.
Step #5 "Pressure Plate Install"
Position the Pressure Plate over the bearing. This Pressure Plate should have the friction side (surface that contacts the clutch disc) facing up.
Step #6 "Position Heavy Retaining Ring"
This may be the most important step. Time to position the heavy/thick Retaining Ring. There is a bevel or chamfer on the inside of this ring. This bevel MUST be facing upward. Another way to think about it is that there are two inside diameters. The larger inside diameter faces upward. All we are doing at this time is positioning the ring over the end of the release bearing.
Step #7 "Depress Spring Washer"
In this step, we need to depress the spring washer (from step 3) located on the other side of the pressure plate tongues. We have found the best way to do this is with a second person standing on the pressure plate as shown. BE VERY CAREFUL HERE! SINCE YOU'RE STANDING ON A BEARING, YOU CAN SPIN AROUND AND FALL. So it's best to do this next to a table or chair to hold onto to stabilize yourself. You could do this yourself, but would need to be even more careful.
Step #8 "Install Round Wire Snap Ring"
While putting weight on the pressure plate, this compresses the spring washer and gives you access to the groove where you place the Round Wire Snap Ring. Place the Round Wire Snap Ring over the end of the bearing and slide it down until it snaps into place in the receiving groove in the release bearing. When you step off of the pressure plate, this slides the heavy retaining ring back upward and the bevel in the ring traps the Round Wire Snap Ring and locks it in place so it cannot come out.
Step #9 "You're Done"
Do a visual inspection to make sure the round wire snap ring is in position and should only be slightly visible. If you're unsure, take a screwdriver and tap on the Snap Ring and seat it in place. It should look consistent when viewing from all directions around.