Monday, August 3, 2009

Clutch is out

Saturday morning at 5:00AM it was the perfect temperature for wrenching on a Ferrari. I avoided doing any serious effort during the week due to the 100+ degree temperatures but Saturday at five it was nice and cool.

I lifted the car to remove the rear bumper, took off the muffler and started on the pumpkin. The pumpkin is the housing which holds the flywheel, clutch, and pressure plate. The pumpkin is the thing in the lower left quarter of the picture below.

All in all it took me about 4 hours to get the whole thing taken apart.

The clutch disc was saturated with oil.

The triple seals had failed and allowed oil to leak into the clutch housing. Before opening up the car I was worried the throwout bearing had failed. Luckily that was not the case. The throwout bearing costs more than 10 times the amount of the triple seals.

I was not sure if I needed to replace the pressure plate and have the flywheel resurfaced. I decided to call ATD and see if they would give me an opinion on what to do and pull the flywheel from the housing if necessary. I dont have the tool needed to remove it.

The folks at ATD recommended buying a new pressure plate and replacing the flywheel. So today I put in an order with Ricambi for a new pressure plate, triple seals, clutch alignment tool, and the two bolts I broke when I took the muffler off.

Will let you know how it goes putting it back together.

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