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I have a 156 GTA and i have just had a new clutch fitted.
After a few days the release bearing popped out!
After taking it back and it all being stripped and re fitted with another new release bearing. It has done the same thing again. My Gearbox fork looks straight, clutch kit is brand new. Cannot understand what is causing it to keep popping out!?

Has anybody had this issue before or could give me some advice. ?

Thanks Brad ?
 

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Bizzare.

When it goes, are you able to remove the slave cylinder and re-engage the release bearing with the spring plate by pulling the arm?

Is the Arm in the correct position on the spline and is the fork and bearing staying in place as you re-assemble?
 

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Bizzare.

When it goes, are you able to remove the slave cylinder and re-engage the release bearing with the spring plate by pulling the arm?

Is the Arm in the correct position on the spline and is the fork and bearing staying in place as you re-assemble?
Hi,
No you cannot 'lever' the fork and get the bearing to re locate.
The bearing stays on the fork once gearbox removed yes.
 

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I did this on my 2.5, the actual clutch was 3.2 version, so the parts are the same.

Swapped over the clutch, and put the gearbox back on - with a small number of bolts, because I anticipated problems. Snapped the release bearing into place (big thump with a rubber hammer), all good. Worked the clutch a few times, and then it came out again. Snapped it back in (bigger thump), and it has stayed in place for the last 25k miles.

Are they actually getting it to engage properly with the clutch plate? It is a weird pull clutch arrangement....
 

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I did this on my 2.5, the actual clutch was 3.2 version, so the parts are the same.

Swapped over the clutch, and put the gearbox back on - with a small number of bolts, because I anticipated problems. Snapped the release bearing into place (big thump with a rubber hammer), all good. Worked the clutch a few times, and then it came out again. Snapped it back in (bigger thump), and it has stayed in place for the last 25k miles.

Are they actually getting it to engage properly with the clutch plate? It is a weird pull clutch arrangement....
Thanks for the reply, yes its engaging properly! Only thing i havent changed is the flywheel. Cant see this being a problem. But my old clutch never popped out and was fitted in the exact same way. I didnt even drive my car last time before it popped out it was in my garage for 4 days. Really cant understand why its doing it ?
 

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Have they changed the clutch kit when they put the bearing back in again? The pressure plate may be faulty.
 

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You're about the 4th person I've heard this happening to in the last couple of months. I think there is a bad batch of release bearings out there if they keep pulling out.
 

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I had a new clutch fitted in February and had the same issue. Kept popping out. The garage eventually replaced the release bearing and it's been fine ever since.
 

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Yes its had 2 complete clutch kits now from Valeo, with a new release bearing each time. Must admit it seems a very bad design having all that pressure on all the time.
 

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You're about the 4th person I've heard this happening to in the last couple of months. I think there is a bad batch of release bearings out there if they keep pulling out.
Hmmm, not good says the man who is about to stick a Valeo 3.2 clutch into his project car....
 

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You could always try it on the bench before fitting it into the car? I'd hope you can see what's wrong with it, if indeed there is.
 

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Sounds like the tooling that's being used to manufacture the release bearing / pressure plate is worn out. Not good.

Last time I checked;

Alfa source the clutch kit from valeo and put it in their own OEM box
Valeo sell the same clutch kit in their box.
QH bulk buy kits from valeo and put them in their rebranded box....

So there is only one source...
 

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Hmmm, not good says the man who is about to stick a Valeo 3.2 clutch into his project car....
Doubt it would make a difference if it was a 2.5 clutch. As the GTA clutch uses different friction material and has extra holes in the pressure plate I'd imagine the same tooling is used for both.

- Regardless, the release bearing will be the same for both.
 

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Please don't say this. With all the bad luck I have been having getting the GT v6 back on the road It would be just my luck to have a potentially faulty clutch too!
 

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Hi,
I have a 156 GTA and i have just had a new clutch fitted.
After a few days the release bearing popped out!
After taking it back and it all being stripped and re fitted with another new release bearing. It has done the same thing again. My Gearbox fork looks straight, clutch kit is brand new. Cannot understand what is causing it to keep popping out!?

Has anybody had this issue before or could give me some advice. ?

Thanks Brad ?
We had a few do this, we replaced them FOC for our customers, faulty batch of Valeo clutches I think, not had one do it of over 6 months though

Ned
 

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We had a few do this, we replaced them FOC for our customers, faulty batch of Valeo clutches I think, not had one do it of over 6 months though

Ned
The original clutch was bought locally, the replacement thats in at the moment i bought from you Ned! What would you suggest?
 

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Last October I had exactly the same problem as OP with my GTA. The new clutch was OEM. My alfa specialist refitted it and it's been fine since.
 
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