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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-14-2017, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
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Cable clutch and preload (T5)

Well, I burnt out my throw out bearing and (after taking nearly everything under the floor pans out to get at it) the car's back together.
Wondering how much load on the clutch is workable. When the bearing started making noise I was advised to adjust the clutch so it engaged earlier, which I did. I had it catching pretty close to the floor, but it was difficult to shift. The bearing wasn't as noisy, but still chirping, so I swapped it out.
My guess is I had way too much preload before, and I'm wondering how much I can put on it to make shifting easier, but not so much that I fry another bearing.

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I'm not sure if you can buy 2 different kind of throw out bearings now days or if they're all designed to run all the time. In the "good old days" your throw out bearing was only supposed to touch the pressure plate when you pushed down on the clutch pedal. I believe once Ford went to clutch cables their throw out bearings were running all the time and the throw out bearing design was changed to allow it last much longer. Make sure the throw out bearing you're receiving is for a newer application where they're made to run all the time.

My 2003 Cobra has a self adjusting clutch cable from the factory and it always keeps a small amount of preload on the throw out bearing.

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Thanks CJ. My T5 is a 94 so when I got the bearing I asked for one for that year. Last one I got came with the clutch, plate, and flywheel... which was for a 72 block. I did notice a slight difference on the surface of the new bearing that presses against the fingers.
I'm in the system at the parts store as owning 3 Mustangs... 69, 72, and 94. I only have one.

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