mad_dog - good work! Horrible job removing the gearbox isn't it... did you take off the Selespeed actuator (I did)... I still haven't actually got the gearbox out of the engine bay as the diff housing hangs up on the subframe, so at the moment it's sitting there, I had just enough room to get my rattle gun onto the flywheel bolts.
does it look like this ?
that was my release bearing after 120k it went with a bang and left me stranded (in gear !)
in the overtake lane.... fellow motorists did not like me after that !
Sounds interesting - but can you post a bigger picture, please? I like to see the gory details.
I bought a new clutch including release bearing today, ready to install this weekend. I have my gearbox off and there didn't seem much wrong with the existing clutch - a bit worn but the release bearing still feels about like the new one, seems there is a certain amount of slackness but turns with a smooth greasy feel. Gearbox is really off so that I can get the sump off more easily and so I can fix the oil leak from a balance shaft core plug.
Although I wasn't really having any problems aside from a slight slip when changing down into 2nd gear, with an unknown history and 230,000km on the clock, I thought it would be a good idea to change my clutch anyway. Have just had the flywheel machined too, as it was in only average condition.
Given the usual wear on the diaphragm fingers, I wonder - is it ever possible to use the special clutch grease (that you apply to the splines) on the release bearing surface (the part that touches the fingers), or is that just going to end up in the friction material...?