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Old December 7th, 2017, 08:51   #1
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Default Why you should replace clutch lever and pivot ball

This car had a 5 speed swap something like 50,000 miles ago and apparently they did it on the CHEAP. Im not even sure they put in a new disc and PP. My guy just bought the car so I did the TB and it had a horrible shudder when letting out the clutch. We knew we had to do a clutch soon but we just did the TB in his Golf and Acura so he was going to wait a bit.

Then I get the call at 7:00 at night that we have to do it now. It looks like the pocket for the pivot ball was barely hanging on and it finally gave up the ghost as he was pulling into his driveway.

Oh yeah, all of the bolts on the CV axle on one side came out by hand. I could go on with the list of other abuses, but I won't.

Remember that the pivot ball has a plastic type cap on it and if it's worn, it should be replaced. I ordered the parts before hand even though he said that we wouldn't need them.

Like a thermostat with a timing belt, I'm putting pivot ball and lever on my replacement list for clutches.
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Old December 7th, 2017, 08:53   #2
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Old December 7th, 2017, 08:58   #3
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Don't suppose you know how many miles on it?

I'm closing on 400k on the 98.
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Old December 7th, 2017, 09:06   #4
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I'm with Whitedog on this one; I always try to tell everyone that is replacing or having a clutch assembly replaced to spend the $50.00 now, and not take the chance of having to pull the tranny later to fix it correctly.
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Old December 7th, 2017, 12:05   #5
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If it looks good, why replace it? Always inspect the part, and if you're not sure, just replace the darn thing.
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Old December 7th, 2017, 16:50   #6
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seen that a few times... done over 100 trans swaps and/or clutch jobs and have had to replace a few pivot balls and arms...i always check for wear and lube em up... you can tell a worn pivot ball as the dome is no longer smooth but lumpy and the fork divot will have corresponding wear
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Old December 7th, 2017, 18:56   #7
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I got caught on that once also. I berated myself all the time I was pulling the transmission the second time just to replace a $10 part. Never again, I just plan on replacing everything.
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Old December 7th, 2017, 19:31   #8
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Don't suppose you know how many miles on it?

I'm closing on 400k on the 98.
No idea how many miles. But then again maybe it's like brakes: high mileage means lots of highway miles, hence fewer times stepping on the clutch. Lower mileage in all city driving would be worse than a like number of miles on a Highway Star. But higher mileage on a city delivery car would be even worse.
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I've seen this on a clutch with only 250k miles on it.
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