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That muffled metallic noise you're hearing when you shift gears is most probably you're release bearing screaming its farewell to you because it can't take any more pressure. The wise decision is to let it go as continuing to drive with a bad bearing will have chaotic consequences for your clutch. If you don't want that dreaded tow hook anywhere near your prized vehicle, you must replace your broken bearing as soon as possible. The release bearing is an essential component of the clutch system since it reduces the friction between pressure plate levers and the release fork. Over time, the bearing becomes worn and can even warp or sustain surface damage due to the high-tension environment. If you're the type of driver who frequently forgets to lubricate your vehicle with high-quality transmission oil, then your bearing has a greater chance of incurring surface damage. In the worst case scenario, the bearing could totally break or get dislodged from its position, spelling doom for your clutch and your pockets. To prevent all of this from happening, replace your old release bearing with a new one right now, which you can get here at Auto Parts Warehouse. You know you're getting the best deal from us because of our Price Match Guarantee, which means if you find a cheaper bearing elsewhere, we'll match its price just for you! Order a new heavy-duty bearing today and bid your gear shifting troubles goodbye.
Car Maintenance 101: Replacing a Release Bearing
A release bearing or throwout bearing is part of an automobile clutch system and it temporarily disengages the engine from the manual transmission while shifting. If this component were to wear out or become damaged, then it would greatly hamper you're the smoothness of your shifting. Luckily, you can have this auto part replaced in order to get your ride back into fighting form. Now, DIY jobs are a sure way of saving you some big bucks; however, not everyone is quite cut out for doing auto repairs on their own. When it comes to replacing your release bearing, though, even the most novice of repair guys can get the job done. In fact, you'll be able to do this DIY job in very little time if you have the right tools and a never-say-die attitude.
Difficulty level: Easy
Tools you'll need:
- Safety goggles and glasses
- Socket set
- Box end wrenches
- Engine degreaser
- Knife or putty scraper
- Adjustable pliers and needle-nose pliers
- Wheel ramps
- Jack stands
- Heavy-duty floor jack
Step 1: To ensure that you're safe throughout the DIY job, be sure to wear some safety gloves and goggles.
Step 2: Drive your ride up the wheel ramps and engage the parking brake. Jack up your vehicle then place your jack stands beneath the vehicle for added security.
Step 3: Disconnect the cables of your battery and loosen the drive shaft bolts. Remove the drive shaft and set it aside.
Step 4: Slightly loosen the transmission bolts and place the barrel floor jack with a block of wood under the engine oil pan.
Step 5: Position the transmission jack under the transmission and secure the holding straps around it. Unscrew and remove the bolts that attach the clutch bell housing to the engine crankcase.
Step 6: Lower your transmission jack to relieve pressure from the input shaft ad slide transmission to the rear for removal..
Step 7: See to it that none of the metal fingers on the pressure plate are bent or distorted.
Step 8: Remove the remaining bolts while the pressure plate is being supported. Remove the pressure plate and clutch disc. Clean all mating surfaces and the bearing area of any dust or debris.
Step 9: Replace your worn release bearing with a new one.
Step 10: Press it in place then reassemble the items you removed.
Step 11: Reconnect your battery cables and you're all set to go.