How it didn’t fall apart, I’ll never know…

Quite some time ago i was 4 wheeling somewhere I shouldn’t have been, and my clutch went out. One of my friends who was a novice mechanic said that an “e clip” had popped out of the mechanism, which I now know is called a bellcrank. We ended up using duct tape to get it out of where we were, and sometime later it was “fixed”. Now, I’m not saying I didn’t “fix” it, but I will say I don’t remember ever doing anything like what I found. As a matter of clarification, I remember putting an “e clip” in place and got a “mechanic” to do the “repair”. (That’s a lot of sarcastic quotes)

Tonight, armed with the correct repair parts (2 bushings, 2 boots, and 2 clips) and an idea of what I had to do i set off to refresh it. It was working, but after replacing all those mounts it was suggested that those being worn probably had an adverse effect on the bellcrank bushings and they’d be cheap insurance. Well, let me tell you, it was a good thing I did.

How it didn’t fall apart, I’ll never know. The side connected to the transmission was missing the boot and the retaining clip. The side closes to the outside of the vehicle didn’t have the boot, the bushing, or the clip. It had, what I believe to be, a piece of steel wool stuffed in the hole to take up the slack. Did I mention that I took it to a “mechanic” to do the “repair”? Pictures don’t lie.

The repair process was really simple. Two nuts, two bolts, and a bit of fidgeting and it was done. All in all it took about 20 or 30 minutes, and wasn’t hard at all. Knowledge is power apparently. I still need to lube it, but I didn’t have the time to go through and lube everything, so it’ll happen when I do that. Hopefully it will last a good long while now.

So, check out the creative fix and my subsequent refresh…

Transmission side

Driver side

Creative aftermarket bushing


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