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Old September 28th, 2014, 09:40 PM
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For an R380, if the clip that holds the throw-out bearing to the clutch fork is not installed, what will likely result? Thx. Mark
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For an R380, if the clip that holds the throw-out bearing to the clutch fork is not installed, what will likely result? Thx. Mark
my understanding is the clip is to hold things together while the trans is bolted up to the block. Once installed the clip isn't necessary. There is no way for things to come apart once the slave and its internal spring is pushing on the pushrod. I have broken them (the clips) and used rubberbands doubled up to serve the same purpose. Once all together the bands turn into dust pretty quickly.
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Thanks for the response, Doug. Had about 6K miles on a new standard clutch when the throw-out bearing failed. The nylon melted to the main shaft and the bearing seized. The clip in question was not used, so was wondering. I just put in a new R380 with a heavy duty clutch and made sure the clip was used. The all aluminum bearing won't melt like the last one. I guess a really hot clutch plate was the cause. Mark
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All aluminum bearing?
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All aluminum bearing?
http://www.britpart.com/parts/repair...der/ftc5200hd/

Got mine from Justin, part# FTC5200HD...though haven't installed it yet.

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Thanks for the response, Doug. Had about 6K miles on a new standard clutch when the throw-out bearing failed. The nylon melted to the main shaft and the bearing seized. The clip in question was not used, so was wondering. I just put in a new R380 with a heavy duty clutch and made sure the clip was used. The all aluminum bearing won't melt like the last one. I guess a really hot clutch plate was the cause. Mark
Just curious, was there any symptoms leading up to the failure?
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For an R380, if the clip that holds the throw-out bearing to the clutch fork is not installed, what will likely result? Thx. Mark
Make a search using the clip's proper name "Death clip"
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Another option for throwout bearing is Megasquirt-V8. http://www.megasquirt-v8.co.uk/diff_offroad.php
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Truck is back together and hopefully won't have to deal with clutch/R380 issues for quite some time. Just seeing if anyone else had a similar issue and what was the cause. Either the clutch got really hot, melted the nylon, which cause the bearing to fail and seize, or the bearing was the source of the heat which caused the nylon to melt and the seizure.

Nathan - to your question. Holiday weekend traffic was heavy coming out of the mountains. On a long hill, traffic was stop and go up it, enough that I shifted into low range to make it easier on the clutch. 30 minutes later some light stop and go when the peddle felt odd, spongey, then froze up. I didn't hear any odd noises or feel any unusual vibrations before the clutch bearing went out.
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clip is only there for assembly purposes. I just installed the all metal (HD) one from megasquirt-v8 in mine. Britpart also makes one.

also the clip is really pointless in a TDi as its installed upside down and will fall out instantly
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