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Old 05-02-2009, 08:42 PM   #1
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Default clutch bell rings alot

is this normal? i realize they call it a "bell" but my first car so i don't know. Also i think my gear mesh is to tight with the bell/diff. It still turns smoothly but it makes a small humming sound when i am running the car (under the noise of the engine, pretty faint sound kind of a hum) is this normal also? It's close can't quite get a piece of newspaper in it. Now i went to adjust it and one of the engine mount screws striped out. And i am afraid to hit a star wrench in it cause i don't want to bent the chasis.

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Old 05-02-2009, 09:08 PM   #3
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well ill try to help you out

NO-the "ringing sound" is not normal..most likely you have a bad clutch shoe spring..or..the idle is set to high and the clutch is opening enough to touch the bell...could be the bearings are bad..i usually replace bell bearings every 10-12 tanks

Depending on the car...i usually set the gear mesh by placing a empty plastic parts baggy between the bell and spur and smashing it together then tightening it down..you want some back lash..also check the lash 360 degress to check for high/low spots in the gear

striped engine mount screw..take a dremel tool with a cutting disc and cut a slot in the screw..and use a #2 flat head driver to back it out...beating a "torx" bit into your striped screw usually just makes a bigger stripped screw..you can try it,...it wont bend the chasis unless its made out of card board
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it's gotta be the springs. the car is new but when i went to take the clutch of my old engine the springs lost most of their "spring" i will replace the springs and that should do it. THe bearings and clutch shoes should be fine.
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Make sure it is shimmed correctly also. If it's not it will ring (wobble) when idle.
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wile your in there take a minute to clean up the shoes and clean off any burs on the shoes from being used
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Also check to be sure that the back of the clutch bell isn't tapping the flywheel. Look at the flywheel, and if there's a little ring on it about the width of the clutch bell then it probably is. Just put a shim behind the rear clutchbell bearing it it is.
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