[Healeys] New Clutch query

m.g.sharp at sympatico.ca m.g.sharp at sympatico.ca
Mon Sep 27 09:02:03 MDT 2021

I agree with Richard – I go through the same “micro” centering process.


From: richard mayor <boyracer466 at gmail.com> 
Sent: September 26, 2021 12:39 PM
To: simon.lachlan at alexarevel.plus.com
Cc: m.g.sharp at sympatico.ca; Healeys <healeys at autox.team.net>
Subject: Re: [Healeys] New Clutch query


One suggestion:  When you use the centering tool (plastic or otherwise), tilt the tool all the way up then all the way down, then do the same from side to side, then split the difference with the tool in place when you tighten the pressure plate bolts.  I personally go through this routine at least 2 or 3 times to make sure I am as close to the center position as possible.


One question: Why do you think the metal input shaft is harder to use than the plastic tool?   The input shaft is much longer than the plastic tool and you can get a better feel for finding the center position when moving it through its range of motion as you align the disc. 


On Sun, Sep 26, 2021 at 7:42 AM Simon Lachlan via Healeys <healeys at autox.team.net <mailto:healeys at autox.team.net> > wrote:


To revert to the problem I’ve being having with my gearbox not wanting to reinstall to my new clutch……


Bleeding it made no difference.. It was a forlorn hope as I was sure I’d not lost any fluid but miracles are always welcome.


The gearbox is on the workshop floor as is the new clutch.


Before removing the new clutch I played around with the AH Spares plastic alignment tool and my spare shaft. Both went in without any trouble but I suppose they would have anyhow unless they’d been miles out?? The new clutch slides onto the shaft in the gearbox just as it should.


See attached file……Seems to me that the old clutch was in pretty good shape and, with benefit of 20/20 hindsight, one might have left well alone! It’s been in there for 27 years that I know of. There were/are a few discrepancies between the old and new clutches. See attached. I don’t think these would matter????


Are there any obvious steps that I might have missed? Obvious, but, seemingly, not to me!


I haven’t taken out the flywheel. Didn’t see why? It’s in; it’s straight/vertical and works.


People state a preference for alignment with a spare shaft rather than the black plastic tool. I can see that the metal shaft might be somewhat more precise, but harder to use surely? 


I’m reluctant to reinstall and just repeat the whole sorry process….


Any suggestion?




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