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Old 05-15-2011, 12:32 PM
Petrie1975 Petrie1975 is offline
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Default Release bearing always touching pressure plate?

I just put a new clutch kit in my 92 ford ranger with a 2.3 liter motor. Truck had 145k on it so I expected new clutch to feel funny, but I didn't have much freeplay so I popped off Rubber inspection plug and looked up inside clutch houseing while truck was ideling and the release bearing is on fingers and turning in neutral. With truck at rest I can't turn the bearing at all with a screw driver agains bearing so It's pressing up against pressure plate fingers pretty good. Is that the way it's supposed to be? Are those release bearings supposed to be in constant contact?

Is there air in the hydraulic system that could be causing this? The resevoir was low so I put some fluid in before I did the clutch, as I did this it did kind of bubble a little. After I put in the new clutch the fluid level in the resevior didn't rise or anything. I didn't bleed the clutch because I didn't think I needed too. Could air in the system be causing release bearing to be in constant contact with fingers of pressure plate?
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Old 05-15-2011, 09:17 PM
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Default Re: Release bearing always touching pressure plate?

Im thinking your golden!
If you had any free play at all between the fingers and throw out bearing youd be hearing some narly noises and would wear them fingers out fast!
Unless your having problems with clutch plate smell? or clutch slipping? I wouldnt worry about it.
It is possible to have air in the lines, so go ahead and bleed the system but I think its normal to have some contact when idling in neutral otherwise it would chatter a bit.
I replaced the clutch and slave on a 1989 F250 4x4 a few years ago and drove it awhile and have recently sold.
It had a spinning sounding noise when in neutral that I thought was funny but it eventually went away with use.
Im currently replacing the clutch in my 93 Ranger and the only problem so far is the freakin exhaust bolts which I snapped off 2 of them!!lol
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Old 05-15-2011, 09:20 PM
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Default Re: Release bearing always touching pressure plate?

the bearing will be in constant contact with it. The reason you cant turn it with a screw driver is because it is pinched between two springs, the fingers PP and the coil spring behind the bearing. Air could have gotten into the system.
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Old 05-15-2011, 10:19 PM
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Pooleo, Ive only been a member a short while but ive been stalkin site for longer and I love your avatar! Maybe you could photochop that Scary ugly azz Clown from IT into it? lol
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Old 05-16-2011, 04:34 AM
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^^^^HA! that would epic lol
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Old 05-16-2011, 06:49 AM
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Sounds good. I'll have to read up on bleeding the clutch. I've heard it can be a bear to get all the air out.
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