Clutch Thrust/Release Bearing – Repair & Replacement

What is the clutch thrust bearing?

The clutch thrust bearing (also known as the release bearing or the throw-out bearing) is a small but important part of your car’s clutch system. It is mounted on the housing of your clutch and slides on a hollow shaft. Attached to the clutch bearing is the clutch fork, which moves the clutch bearing with the help of hydraulic or cable pressure.

While the clutch pedal is pushed down, the bearing moves inward. The bearing will apply pressure to the spring of the pressure plate, freeing the clutch disc from the flywheel and interrupting the transmission. This allows you to correctly and safely engage and switch gears.

 

What causes clutch thrust bearing problems?

In most vehicles, the clutch bearing isn’t a scheduled maintenance item. This means that it usually lasts the life of the vehicle. However, the clutch thrust bearing can become worn over time, especially in older vehicles. This is due to constant contact with other parts and exposure to heat and cooling, worn off clutch lining dust entering the clutch trust bearing through failure / damage to clutch thrust bearing seals.

Another common cause of damage to the clutch trust / release bearing is if the clutch cable is not adjusted over time, and the clutch release / throw out bearing is in constant contact with the clutch pressure plate. This will cause it to constantly spin reducing it’s life dramatically. 

Improper clutch use can shorten the life of clutch components such as the thrust bearing. Examples of improper clutch use include:

  • Not starting your vehicle in first gear
  • Downshifting several gears at a time (4th to 1st)
  • Skipping gears (1st to 3rd)

 

Symptoms of a failing clutch thrust bearing:

Rattling noise – A worn bearing can produce rattling noises. These noises are most noticeable when the clutch pedal is pressed down. 

Difficulty changing gears– If the bearing lacks proper lubrication, the clutch may not fully release, resulting in difficulty shifting gears.

Vibration in the pedal – A worn release / trust / throw out bearing can cause the clutch pedal to vibrate. This is due to the worn bearing being unable to distribute even pressure onto the clutch plate, causing uneven contact with the pressure plate. 


 

Clutch thrust / release bearing repair & replacement in Hamilton

Is your clutch thrust / release bearing in need of replacement? If so, we can help you.

At Grimmer Motors, our trustworthy mechanics are skilled in all sorts of clutch bearing related repairs. This allows us to quickly identify, diagnose and repair clutch bearing problems in your vehicle. 

We can replace your clutch release / trust / throw out bearing for you, allowing your stick shift / manual transmission to run correctly. For clutch release / thrust bearing replacement in Hamilton, contact Grimmer Motors today!

 

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