Published on 2013-08-14
No transmission and clutch install is complete until you replace all the clutch accessory parts: clutch fork, throwout bearing, pivot stud and clutch cable. We often get questions about clutch and clutch accessory installs. One of the most common questions we get is how do you properly install the throw-out bearing (release bearing) and clutch fork?
Follow along in the video as Jmac shows you the basic installation procedures to properly install your new clutch fork and throwout bearing. He also gives some proper grease tips for installing clutch cable and pivot stud.
This install video will help you get your Fox Body, SN95 and New Edge Mustang back on the road. Be sure to check out our full line of Mustang clutch parts that include: 5.0Resto, Ford Racing, Steeda, Ram, BBK and more!
When replacing the clutch on your '79 to '04 Mustang, there is a right and a wrong way to install your throwout bearing. Doing it the wrong way, it's going to cost you a lot of money and a lot of broken parts, like a broken clutch fork, broken cable, damaged input shaft, damaged input bearing retainer. It can even damage your transmission.
Here is the wrong way to do it-- sliding it underneath the tension spring. This will cost you money, and it will require you to do the job twice to make it right. To install the throwout bearing on the clutch fork properly, you'll want the tear drop here to point toward the flat side of the opening. And from the backside, compress the tension spring fingers, and slide the bearing into place.
Before you slide everything back together, there are a few places you're going to want to put grease to stop wear. You'll want to put a dab of grease where the pivot stood stud goes. You'll want to put a thin film of grease where the clutch cable goes. Thin film of grease on the tension spring fingers. Thin film of grease on the face of the clutch fork.
Thin film of grease on the face of the throw-out bearing. And then a thin film of grease on the inside of the throwout bearing where it makes contact with the input bearing retainer. Whatever you need for the clutch in your Mustang, heat on over to latemodelrestoration.com. We got you covered.
When installing a new clutch in your Mustang, don’t forget to replace the other commonly worn and overlooked parts such as clutch forks, pivot studs and clutch cables. These parts are critical to proper performance of your drivetrain. Too often these parts are not replaced or installed incorrectly. Either of these conditions can lead to major headaches and costly future repairs.
Improperly installed clutch accessories can lead to damaged parts or worse, a damaged transmission. Follow along in this video as Jmac shows you how to install a clutch fork and its attaching accessories such as a throwout release bearing. He will also cover how and where to put grease on the clutch fork.