944 S2 Clutch
Saturday I headed over to the headquarters of the infamous KCWS and helped some good friends do a clutch job on a 944 S2 Cab. The car had died abruptly with no power getting to the rear wheels, so I figured the clutch center had blown out. The car has about 90k ish miles on it.
Up in the air and ready to go. Everything behind the engine block needs to come out. Transaxle, torque tube (slide back), bellhousing, and exhaust.
KCWS ladder. We hit a snag right away at the transaxle coupler on the torque tube. The rear most bolt was absolutely seized. While the allen wanted to bite, with a huge breaker bar on it, it would eventually start to slip. So I sat there for about a half hour with a hammer and chisel working through a small opening trying to knock the bolt counter clockwise. Finally it let go and I got it out. What appears to have happened, was someone had been in here before, tightened the front bolt first, then when they put the rear bolt in, it was not sitting in the groove perfectly, and they ran it in with an impact gun, stripping the threads. Ugly. Instead, you should start both bolts in the coupler so they are lined up perfectly, then tighten them down.
After awhile, we were in to the clutch housing.
The original rubber center disc was completely falling apart.
What is missing? The safety “get home” tabs that are designed to limp you home when the center fails is missing.
Here is the get home tab that should be welded to the disc.
Should be like this.
Mike looks shocked, lol.
And the new clutch disc. The rubber centers are not available anymore, and is updated to a spring center.
And of course, we can’t have a party without having brats and ribs!
Scott and Mike getting the axles hooked back up.
All in all it was a good day. Good turn out of people, awesome weather, and great food!