[T3] 1971 Clutch Job

J. Jonik j_jonik at yahoo.com
Sun Nov 5 20:18:25 PST 2017

I did not replace gland nut.  Didn't have big enough socket or wrench anyhow.  Little finger test and flashlight look inside felt no roughness or sticky needle bearings.  And yes, that was well greased before putting things together.  And flywheel had no gouges from disk rivets.

But...there's maybe over 2 inches of play in clutch pedal.  Does that automatically mean cable is damaged...stretched...or something?  When engine was out I managed to actually get the frozen wing nut cable adjuster to turn...but that will still be a bear of a job now...since it's hard to get tools up into that area from underneath.    So, if it's likely that the old cable is stretched, it would be a lot easier to just cut the old one off and put in the best looking of my spare cables (w/ easy-to-turn wing-nut), if the correct length measurement can be found somewhere.

Now...the car runs fine, through all gears (incl. reverse).  I just had to re-learn how to use the clutch pedal in a car without a slipping clutch disk.

Next:  Back to figuring out why both horn and turn signals don't work.  Both are about the steering wheel area.  That must be a clue...especially since fuses are all good.

From: "Jim Adney" <jadney at vwtype3.org>
To: type3 at vwtype3.org
Subject: Re: [T3] 1971 Clutch Job

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?

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