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post #1 of 162 Old 07-17-2012, 09:04 AM Thread Starter
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Luk clutch kit warning

Replace the whole works, including flywheel two weeks ago with the Luk standard kit. The throw-out bearing was out of spec, and vibrated. By yesterday it had destroyed the pressure plate, damaged the release fork, and snapped off the pivot bearing.

I don't know if this was one of a kind, or if Luk has gone too cheap in China, but this has been one expensive clutch replacement. We went Sachs this time, and let me tell you - the throw-out bearing alone is a pound heavier and there is no plastic on it.

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post #2 of 162 Old 07-17-2012, 09:18 AM
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I replaced my clutch on my '06 at the beginning of the year with a LUK kit and the TO bearing that was in the box was wrong, no way it would connect to the Jeep's fork. I ended up getting a Precision brand TO bearing from advanced and that started to rattle after two months.

I had to pull the trans again and replaced it with a Crown TO bearing. So far it's holding up.
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I wonder what may have changed with Luk? I installed one in our Cherokee a year and a half ago with no issues yet (knock on wood).

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I've always used Luk and never had any problems.

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I've always used Luk and never had any problems.
I've done 3 or 4. The first ones I would agree with you. The last one had a TO bearing that did nothing to induce any warm and fuzzies.

It was pretty scary at how lightweight it was made and how much plastic it had and I'm not an anti-plastic guy at all.

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Err... I just ordered one yesterday. Should I get a different TO bearing? Any other issues?

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I've done 3 or 4. The first ones I would agree with you. The last one had a TO bearing that did nothing to induce any warm and fuzzies.

It was pretty scary at how lightweight it was made and how much plastic it had and I'm not an anti-plastic guy at all.
The ones I did were over 8 years ago.Maybe they got cheap or I got lucky.

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I've done 3 or 4. The first ones I would agree with you. The last one had a TO bearing that did nothing to induce any warm and fuzzies.

It was pretty scary at how lightweight it was made and how much plastic it had and I'm not an anti-plastic guy at all.
With that in mind, would you continue using them or would you use a different brand?

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I always get people coming over and saying things like "I wish I knew how to do that," etc- but they don't realize- at some point I didn't know how to do it either- I had to figure it out.
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With that in mind, would you continue using them or would you use a different brand?
I don't have enough miles on that rig to know. I trust Luk, so I hope I can trust they know what they are doing. The problem with this issue is how much work it is to find out.

If I knew of a better version and could get my hands on it, I'd really consider doing so if the one you get doesn't look that robust.

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The ones I did were over 8 years ago.Maybe they got cheap or I got lucky.
I should have phrased that better. I've done 3 or 4 this year.

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I don't have enough miles on that rig to know. I trust Luk, so I hope I can trust they know what they are doing. The problem with this issue is how much work it is to find out.

If I knew of a better version and could get my hands on it, I'd really consider doing so if the one you get doesn't look that robust.
Oh, gotcha... Yeah I need to do my clutch soon. Stories like this always make me nervous beforehand

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X2 on the Sachs. I could get a cheaper price locally on it than the luk at the shop near my last job and they came highly recommended by the mechanic there. I don't know if there is anything necessarily better about them but, I've had no problems with it for almost a year.

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I wish I had stopped to take a picture. The Sachs throw-out bearing was so obviously beefier and differently shaped than the Luk one that I'm left wondering if Luk is sticking the wrong bearings in the kit.
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Mine was about 3 years ago and never had a problem.

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I just put the napa premium clutch kit in my 97 TJ. It's made by Luk, has Luk stamped right on it. The TO bearing looked and felt identical to the one I took off...

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