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Old 05-16-2014, 12:42 PM   #1
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So just how important are dust covers?

After replacing my throwout bearing I can't get the dust cover to fit back over it. There's a rod that's hanging down about 3 inches too far to be able to slide the cover back on it. What damage will it cause if I don't have that cover on there?
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Pics of the rod?
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It's the throwout bearing arm.
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Well, over time dirt and debris will get into the bell housing and attach to all the greased areas, like the bearing and shaft. Also, when you drive in the rain water will get in and eventually wash the grease away and ruin your bearing.

But honestly, I haven't had as dust cover on my Nissan in over ten years and I haven't had any problems with it's absence. But then again, it's not a daily.
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Well mine is a daily. Or will be once he's all cleaned up and tuned up. Is there maybe an aftermarket one I can buy that has a deeper well that'll fit over it?
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Well, over time dirt and debris will get into the bell housing and attach to all the greased areas, like the bearing and shaft. Also, when you drive in the rain water will get in and eventually wash the grease away and ruin your bearing.

But honestly, I haven't had as dust cover on my Nissan in over ten years and I haven't had any problems with it's absence. But then again, it's not a daily.

One of the 240s?
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Well mine is a daily. Or will be once he's all cleaned up and tuned up. Is there maybe an aftermarket one I can buy that has a deeper well that'll fit over it?
If the pivot arm is an OE part then it wasn't installed properly and should be checked out. The dust cover should fit with no issues at all
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Its just as important as that extra bolt found after changing a part... sure it will work fine without it... but eventually it could cause you some issues.

as said above.. if everything is OE then it should all go back together!.. if it doesn't, re check your work.
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One of the 240s?
Yeah, the S13. It's missing a bunch of bolts & covers over the years. Lol
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I figured it out. I googled it and I wasn't the only "idiot" to have this issue lol. User error. I took a 2x4 and a hammer and gently tapped it until it popped back into place where it belonged.
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Popped off the pivot stud I take it?
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I'm not sure honestly. All I know is their trick worked and Grimace is back on the road and off the stands. Now all I lack is that stupid tick. I filled him up with Lucas today to try and clean the injectors some before I just go out and buy new ones. I'll probably have to do that anyway. But that's for another day. Got the boyfriend cleaning the interior for me now haha Click image for larger version

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I'm not sure honestly. All I know is their trick worked and Grimace is back on the road and off the stands. Now all I lack is that stupid tick. I filled him up with Lucas today to try and clean the injectors some before I just go out and buy new ones. I'll probably have to do that anyway. But that's for another day. Got the boyfriend cleaning the interior for me now haha Attachment 156989
Yup. While he's wearing the lame Corvette tshirt. Hahaha.
Haha yeah it was more than likely that
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LOL... Your rebuilding a mustang and your boyfriends vacuuming.... you have a girlfriend
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It's very important ,

You don't want any crap flying up in there and making the grease dry out making your TOB go out faster.
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