[T3] 1971 Clutch Job

Jim Adney jadney at vwtype3.org
Sat Nov 4 14:43:34 PDT 2017

On 4 Nov 2017 at 20:15, J. Jonik wrote:

> So...the most common advice was to change the works...disk, pressure plate
> and throw-out bearing.  Clutch kits were available on-line but that would
> take days for shipping etc....but I managed to find one, $98 plus tax, in
> Philadelphia...a 15 minute drive away in my borrowed car. 

Shops like to sell complete kits because it avoids all possible problems and 
maximizes profit. If you replace just the obvious problem parts you have to 
be able to inspect the other parts and know what to look for.

I hate to replace flywheels because they were balanced with the flywheel at 
the factory. New ones probably weren't balanced at all. (Were there balance 
drillings around the edge?) Problems with old flywheels are usually obvious.

> Kit contained all the above, plus a very handy plastic centering guide.

That's a nice bonus.

> Also in the kit (with no "menu" attached) was a small needle bearing
> thing...about 7/8 in. diameter, 5/8 high. 

That was probably a replacement for the needle bearing in the gland "nut." 
Did you think to stick some grease in there when you had it apart this time?

Jim Adney, jadney at vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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