Ten Easy Steps to Replace Your Worn-out Bellhousing
If you are keen on checking your vehicle's components, then you must have seen a bellhousing. It is a part of the transmission that serves as a cover for the flywheel and clutch on vehicles powered by internal combustion engines. It is bolted to the engine block, and it is where the starter motor is mounted. In some vehicles, the bellhousing cannot be removed from the transmission. If you are thinking of replacing your vehicle's bellhousing, then you might want to consider if you will install it on your own or through your trusted technician. You can do the installation in your garage with the help of an assistant.
Difficulty level: Moderate
What you'll need:
- Jack and jack stands
- Replacement bellhousing
Step 1: Park your vehicle on a solid, level surface to ensure safe installation. Jack it up and support it with stands.
Step 2: Disconnect the negative cable from the battery. Make sure that you let your engine has cooled down for an hour or so to ensure your safety.
Step 3: Remove the driveshaft, starter motor, transmission, and stock bellhousing. If you are not familiar with these parts, you may refer to your vehicle's owner's manual to check their location. Remove the pressure plate and clutch disc from the flywheel.
Step 4: Next, you may check the instructions on your replacement bellhousing and make sure that it will be properly aligned to the crankshaft.
Step 5: Remove the flywheel and install the block plate. Use it as is. Install it over the crankshaft flange and place over dowel pins in the block. The block plate should be installed with the bellhousing and all the supplier fasteners.
Step 6: Reinstall the flywheel and clutch assembly. Make sure to tighten the fasteners as recommended by the manufacturer's torque specifications. Do not reuse the factory cast iron flywheel. Make sure to only use high performance quality flywheel that meets the standards and specifications for your safety.
Step 7: Remove clutch release bearing fork and pivot ball from your stock bellhousing. Reinstall the pivot ball into the new bellhousing, and attach the fork clip onto the pivot ball.
Step 8: Put your bellhousing over the flywheel and clutch assembly, and slide onto dowel pins in the engine block. Secure the bellhousing to the block by using the supplied bolts. Make sure that the block plate is secured using the supplied fasteners as well.
Step 9: Replace the starter motor, transmission, and driveshaft. Attach the clutch linkage and check for proper adjustment.
Step 10: Reconnect battery cable and remove the jack stands.
Just like that, your vehicle's bellhousing is now as good as new. You can finish the installation of your new bellhousing in less than an hour, especially if you can ask someone to help you remove and replace the components in the engine block. From this point on, it is important that you ensure that the bellhousing of your vehicle is always in good condition to keep it from damaging your engine.