Clutch Chatter/Vibration

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Clutch Chatter/Vibration

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Hello everyone, (sorry in advance i realize i posted to the wrong thread - cant figure out how to move to "repair questions")

New member and first time poster.

Please read and respond with any feed back/thoughts on my situation

Back story:
Almost 4 years ago my 1984 4WD began to have a squeaky throw out bearing (could be heard during idle) as time went on it became a violent chatter/vibration when i pressed the clutch pedal in. I bought a clutch kit from NAPA (maybe Aisin its been a while) and replaced the clutch, pressure plate, throwout bearing and resurfaced the flywheel .010". After install and getting everything back together the exact same chatter was still there in the same scenarios. I even went and got a new cable and also a new sector and paw for the pedal. Nothing changed.

I was starting a new job in a new town and left the Tercel back home. Just this new year i finally got my Tercel to my current residence to work on.

After getting the car home, here is where it stands:
Engine runs well, 300K miles, strong idle.
Transmission shifts smoothly through all gears (besides the chatter) and drives really well, issue is the clutch.

Things i have noticed, the clutch chatter is about half as likely to happen when pressing the pedal while moving (anything besides starting from a stop - 1st gear or reverse) and even less likely to happen at <1000 RPM but still happens 90% of the time while pressing the pedal in

Pressing the clutch pedal in while stopped (even sometimes while moving) it slows the engine down drastically, in first gear/reverse it can slow the engine down so much it stalls.

Besides the vibration i feel, it feels as if the throwout bearing is oscillating on the pressure plate, as if the fingers are being pressed in then pushed out quickly back and forth. Like the fork that holds the bearing isnt stable or strong.

I put the car on jack stands and started it, in neutral the wheels roll forward slowly, as if the drive train is being engaged, at higher RPMs wheels move faster.

I thought the wear on the pressure plate when i did the clutch job was concerning and may have evidence for diagnosis (see attachment below)
pressure plate wearl.jpg

MY PLAN MOVING FORWARD:

Ill pull the trans and look into the clutch again.

Maybe i didnt keep things as clean as they need to be, maybe i bolted the flywheel on not perfectly flat etc. I am going to replace everything this time, inspect/replace the pilot bearing, use a dial indicator to make sure all surfaces are flat. I give myself the benefit of the doubt because the EXACT same problem occurred after i did the clutch which makes me think the problem is separate from what i worked on.

It seems to me the throwout bearing is engaging the pressure plate too much, from the wear on the fingers and the way the engine wants to stall when i press the pedal in, the drive train engagement while in neutral etc. Something is obviously not right.

Please feel free to give me any feed back, some PM advice while i have the trans out etc.

Thank you very much in advance!

Best regards,

Nimai
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Re: Clutch Chatter/Vibration

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When you disengage the clutch (ie step on the pedal), it's not just the throwout and pilot bearings that spin -- the input shaft bearing on the trans also spins then. That has my vote as the culprit. I've never replaced an ISB on a 4wd tercel but I believe there is an inner and an outer ISB.

Here is a thread that discusses the ISB: viewtopic.php?p=111690
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Post by Nimai_SR5Wagon »

This is a great help, and i appreciate the response. I will look to buy an outer and inner ISB.

I will post my progress and if i have any issues along the way.
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ps, xirdneh (who comments a bunch on the thread I linked to) has some tercel transmission vids on youtube that may be of help to you if you need to get into the trans. Robert Walker is his youtube username. Here is one of his vids. He talks about the ISB at the 3:00 mark.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PKIJeMJfko
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I would guess that it is either the throw out bearing or the pilot bearing seizing up. I think however, that if only the pilot bearing is dragging, it would cause the drive wheels to move forward. I do not think that would be true of either the input shaft bearing or the T/O bearing. either way, the trans has to come out anyway, unfortunately. you should be able to turn them by hand and feel if they are bad.

did not the kit come with a new pilot bearing? sometimes the new parts are junk right out of the box. I find the kits especially frustrating, you order it because it is a quality AISIN clutch assembly, but it comes with Chinese made T/O and pilot bearings (I made the mistake of installing those once, had to replace them within 3-6 months...too noisy).

Buy replacement bearings that are made in USA or made in Japan, and they should be good quality you can trust. they do not cost much, not worth the risk to use anything other than good quality bearings, it is too big of a job to risk having to do over.

You usually will not do damage to drive it with a bad pilot or throw out bearing, but if it is the input bearing, it can disitergrate the fill the trans with metal shavings. best get to it ASAP.

Also, if the pilot bearing seizes up it could over head and damage the tip of the input shaft. it is easy to replace if necessary without have to take the trans apart (you remove a cover on the back side of the bell housing and it slips out). But you will have to get a good input shaft and bearing if you damage it. may be hard to find.

good luck.
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Nimai,

dlb provided a link from my initial transmission failure that includes some good pics. I'm just now getting ready to repair the transmission.
When you disengage the clutch (ie step on the pedal), it's not just the throwout and pilot bearings that spin -- the input shaft bearing on the trans also spins then.
The above statement is not accurate in my opinion. I think what David is trying to share, is that when the engine is running, the transmission is in nuetral AND the clutch is "out", THEN the input shaft will spin. Most easily noticed in cold weather when you start the car with the clutch in and then release it with the trans in nuetral to warm up, the drag on the input shaft from spinning and moving cold oil will "drag" the engine down some. However, if the clutch pedal is depressed, there should be no power to the clutch and input shaft, thus the input shaft should not be spinning.

Like Peter, I expect your issue to be in the throw-out bearing, clutch fork or pilot bearing. I assume you got the small spring "clip" that holds the "throw-out bearing collar" back on, so the throw-out bearing pulls back with the fork?

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Re: Clutch Chatter/Vibration

Post by Nimai_SR5Wagon »

you wrote:

"Just by the wear on the clutch diaphragm, unless that's common wear? "

it is difficult to tell in the picture how bad it is, but the tips at the center diaphragm spring is where the throw out bearing rides, and it is normal for there to be wear there. Usually just a shinny ring, not much in the way of wearing it away.

if the throw out bearing is worn out and causing extra drag there will be more wear there, I have heard that if you kept driving the throw out bearing will wear through the diaphragm spring, and you will not be able to disengage the clutch, I have never seen it, but heard of it happening when someone ignores the noisy clutch and just keep driving many miles that way. soon or later something will completely fail and it will not drive anymore, usually that means something very costly to replace has now broken as a result of the neglect.
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NWMO wrote: Fri Jan 14, 2022 8:45 am Nimai,

dlb provided a link from my initial transmission failure that includes some good pics. I'm just now getting ready to repair the transmission.
When you disengage the clutch (ie step on the pedal), it's not just the throwout and pilot bearings that spin -- the input shaft bearing on the trans also spins then.
The above statement is not accurate in my opinion. I think what David is trying to share, is that when the engine is running, the transmission is in nuetral AND the clutch is "out", THEN the input shaft will spin.
Eep, you're right Chris. Thanks for catching that. It's been a long time since I had a bad ISB so I was mixed up. Sorry for the confusion, Nimai -- a bad ISB makes noise when the clutch pedal is up, and goes away when you press it back down.
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