Throwout bearing confusion.

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  1. gt_thunder

    gt_thunder New Member

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    Okay, I have researched this left and right to no avail. I believe my 99 GT is showing symptoms of a failing throwout bearing.
    Rotational squeaking noise in neutral foot off clutch. When I push the clutch in it disappears. I can even just lightly rest my foot on the clutch and it will go away.

    There is also noise when in gear but it's difficult to identify with the exhaust in the background.

    Looking online 60% say throwout bearing 35% say pilot bearing and 5% something else. It is so back and forth that it's frustrating.

    So which is it?

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    false.









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    I'm sorry but I'm failing to understand what you mean.

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    Original bearings? Change both.
     
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    I would but don't currently have the resources to do both.

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  6. ElrodKTPQ_89

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    In for an answer..
     
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    lwarrior1016 Moderator Staff SN95 Supporter

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    I'm going to say throw out bearing because it moves with the clutch pedal. The pilot bearing is not loaded forward or backward. It is the solely to center the input shaft of the transmission. If it was bad you would have terrible noises all the time and probably have a bad vibration. All that being said, if you take the trans down and change one then the other bearing is right there easily accessible and easily changed.
     
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    Understood. Well the symptoms you've described definitely point towards your throwout bearing being the culprit.
     
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    I appreciate the response. It seems a lot of people online seem to have pilot and TOB symptoms switched up.

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    TOB

    get a genuine Ford bearing from your local dealership

    if you have an adjustable clutch cable, make sure you have 1/8-1/4" of free space between the TOB face and the clutch fingers with the clutch released
     
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    TOB all day long, but for real, if you have it taken that far down, do the pilot bearing. Get yourself some merita bread and hammer it into the hole to get the bearing out. Thank me later.
     
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    Wth is merita bread lol
     
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    Wait....what? lol I've heard of using grease but never bread. I like the idea of bread better tho. Have a sandwich while youre down there
     
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    I may replace the pilot bearing as well, do I need to remove the flywheel to do this or can I go through the center of it with a pilot bearing removal tool?

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    They just told you!!!!! Bread is the removal tool!!!!! :)


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    Congratulations...Elrod has been confused. Lol
     
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    Honestly I think I'd rather start off with the tool first. If that doesn't work I'll try other methods. My main thing is do I need to remove the flywheel or no?

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    To use the tool you'll need to take the flywheel off. Im going to warn you though, the tools are not that great with our pilot bearings. You will be much better of just using the bread and you will save yourself a lot of headache.
     
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    you have to remove the clutch and pressure plate. You may be able to leave the flywheel on, it depends on the puller. But even if you have to pull the flywheel, its only 6/8 bolts