Shattered Throwout Bearing
As the title states, my throwout bearing shattered a few nights ago during normal driving (30mph, easy shifting).
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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- 1998 Mustang GT Convertible: 5-Speed, 2001 PI 2V swap, o/r h-pipe, Magnaflow catback, MGW shifter,
3.73 gears, Auburn LSD, TA diff cover, MM FLSFCs, Ford Strut Tower Brace, J&M SS Brake Lines, and a lot of visual/restoration work.