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Old 07-28-2015, 09:43 AM   #1
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Shattered Throwout Bearing

As the title states, my throwout bearing shattered a few nights ago during normal driving (30mph, easy shifting).

What happened:

I just put in a Ram HDX clutch, resurfaced the flywheel, Ford Racing pilot and throwout bearing, MM clutch quadrant and Ford Racing firewall adjuster.

When doing the install, I noticed the clutch fork and pivot were very worn and the fork would not clip onto the pivot correctly. I thought it would be held in place once I got it together and had some preload on the TB.

I adjusted the pedal so the clutch released a little past halfway through the pedal travel.

The TB was fine at first, but when I took the car on a 5 hour road trip and it started making noise. I then started commuting to work in the car, an hour on the highway per day at least. It started making more and more noise. That's when the throwout bearing broke. Opened the trans dustcover and chunks of bearing fell out.

This time I am going with a OEM Ford throwout as opposed to the Ford Racing. Seems the OEM one is the way to go.


So I am wondering if you guys think the worn pivot and clutch release lever would cause the TB failure? Or could it just have been a faulty TB?

For the release lever, is a Ford Racing release lever okay or should I go with an OEM on that one too? The Ford Racing part is almost half the cost which worries me.

Thank you for the help.

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Sometimes they just break.
It sounds like yours was giving you plenty of warning that something wasn't right though.
I wonder if the way that you had it adjusted might have contributed to it's failure.

My instinct tells me that you should buy all factory Ford replacement parts but I don't know if the fork and pivot are any different between FRPP and Ford. But definitely get the OEM Ford TOB.
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Hit up a dealer and get:

-New pivot ball
-New fork
-New TOB

The pilot is still probably just fine.

Preload on the TB has nothing to do with pedal travel btw, you need to visually see when it just starts to spin and then go 3 or 4 clicks tighter on a micro click or probably 1/4 turn on a set screw. Also having a non OEM cable could cause issues if that is a factor.
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I have an OEM cable. And I am planning on getting the OEM parts you guys listed.

Right, I spent half a day installing and adjusting the firewall adjuster, I remember I did it correctly at the time. I think it was 4-5 clicks on firewall adjuster.

After looking at it some more, the pressure plate is messed up as well. Fingers are uneven and move around when the car is on. Really sucks considering I just put the clutch on.

Planning on going Exedy over the Ram this time. Wasn't totally happy with the Ram in the first place

And I think this whole issue was caused by the bad pivot stud and fork. It has so much play in it compared to my dad's Mach 1

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