Bill C. -
EARLY vs. LATE Transaxle - Pressure Plates
If you are a novice (like me) this can save you some
grief when dealing with after-market "performance" pressure plates. I
received a "one size fits all" that needs some adapting to work on a late
transaxle. So, what’s the difference?
- Post-71 (?) transaxles have a tube around the transaxle input shaft.
- This tube functions as a guide upon which the throw out bearing
- Pre-71s do NOT have this tube and the throw out bearing is set up
- Post-71 pressure plates do NOT have the metal donut in the
- If left on, it will bind against the tube I talked about above; making
it nearly impossible to install the engine. If you force it, expect to
break the Bowden Tube when you depress the clutch.
- This donut in the center of the diaphragm spring needs to be REMOVED
to work on post-71 transaxles. See picture below of EARLY pressure plate