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Pressure Plate Update


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'02 Amigos,

Turns out stick with what you know. A failed pressure plate may show almost *no* signs of failure when examined, but it's still bad. I seriously went over this one, no broken rivets, no bent fingers, no rattles or shakes form loose bits, NOTHING. Yet it *is* bad.

Take a look at the two marks on the main plate casting where the little bracket has rubbed up against it and left evidence. It's hard to see, but that is the only sign of failure on this pressure plate.


Bottom line, if you're in there, replace the pressure plate, turns out it wasn't worth the savings to try and use the old one. On the other hand, it's knowledge passed on to you all, so I guess the experience of pulling the transmission a couple times was worth it.


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Err, looks like I need glasses.

But it also looks like the straps that hold the friction plate to the

bell have broken.

Pretty common in a car that's used hard.

More common in a 215 clutch since the straps go the wrong (perpendicular)


Very common in VW's.


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