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56-3200 clutch replacement
#1219166 Mon May 29 2017 06:08 PM
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Whille driving the truck for the first time the other day I noticed that the realease bearing is making noise. I have to pull the drive shaft to replace a differential seal, so I guess I will drop the transmission too and go into the clutch. My questions are, should I replace the whole clutch assembly while I am there? I would presume it is the original clutch, though it seems to work fine. And should I replace the clutch pilot bearing? Is it doable without any special tools?
Thanks, Lee.


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Re: 56-3200 clutch replacement
LeeD #1219175 Mon May 29 2017 06:47 PM
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My personal rule is......... if I'm going to tear into something I'm going to replace everything in there while I'm at it. Goes double for these old trucks.šŸ› 


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Re: 56-3200 clutch replacement
LeeD #1219184 Mon May 29 2017 07:10 PM
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It can be done without any special tools with the exception of a clutch alignment tool, but one will be included with your clutch kit.

If you have the SM420 four speed, it is harder to wrestle out of the way than a three speed.

Others might disagree, but unless you are having trouble with the pilot bushing, I'd leave it alone if you are changing the clutch working under the truck. It is not an easy task done laying on your back. Much easier to replace when the engine is out of the truck.

Matt

Re: 56-3200 clutch replacement
LeeD #1219193 Mon May 29 2017 08:00 PM
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Thanks for the information, I have three on the tree and will be doing all this while on my back.


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Re: 56-3200 clutch replacement
LeeD #1219481 Wed May 31 2017 02:43 PM
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If you do decide to take the pilot bushing out, the easiest way I've found is to use a 5/8" coarse thread tap. Find an 8-point socket (3/8?) and run it in. It will take less than a minute to get it out. I've seen guys pack the cavity full of bearing grease and a rod or bolt to beat the snot out of it to remove one, but the tap works easy and quickly every time.

Originally Posted by LeeD
Thanks for the information, I have three on the tree and will be doing all this while on my back.


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Re: 56-3200 clutch replacement
LeeD #1219572 Thu Jun 01 2017 04:21 AM
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I agree to replace or at least check(requires clutch r&r) pilot bushing or bearing.

Ed

Last edited by EdPruss; Thu Jun 01 2017 04:21 AM.

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Re: 56-3200 clutch replacement
LeeD #1220780 Sat Jun 10 2017 03:10 AM
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Thanks for the info, I was a little late seeing redline's post before I found a utube video where bread was used to push the bushing out. It worked quite well, but not as easily as the tap probably would have. Not much room to swing a hammer under the truck, but it really did not take a lot of force to push it out. New clutch is in and transmission is back installed too. Thanks to all for your help.


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