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I just got done putting some OEM plates and bearings in my Civic. The flywheel was turned as well.

After not responding to me while I was doing the work and to my questions, my friend says I now need to re-do my work as I did not locktite the flywheel threads and didn't grease the mainshaft around where the release bearing slides. Does anyone else do this to the flywheel threads? What about the mainshaft grease? I can grease the mainshaft I think without taking it all back apart. I get extra noise from the tranny/clutch area when in neutral and the clutch out. The noise disappears when I push in the clutch. My thinking is that it's my tranny since a new clutch did not fix and it's only when in neutral with the clutch out. The release braing isn't making contact with anything moving at that point right?? My friends still seems to think it's my release bearing since I didn't grease the shaft.
 

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Yeah it could be your release bearing making some noise. Keep in mind that even when your car is in neutral your clutch is engaged. Your clutch clamps the flywheel and stops it from spinning in order to allow you to switch from one gearing group to another. When you are in neutral and your clutch is in to allow you to switch to another gear you are not engaged in a gear but the clutch is working to keep the car in neutral.
Go back and grease all the bearings properly and definitely go back and locktite the flywheel and pressure plate bolts. Keep in mind that if one of those bolts backs out it could destroy your clutch, flywheel, transmission, axles, and even your engine depending on the conditions of the failure. I don't think you want that to happen do you? A little more time and effort now will likely save you some serious money and possibly your life.....I'm telling you now, you don't want an 18lb flywheel shooting out of your engine at 7000rpm. Instant death!
 

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Yeah, the more and more I think about it, the more I realise I should just do it. It's the fact of not having the tranny jack is a big one...now that I have done it, I think I could cut my work time in half at least...but not being a mechanic... :)

That was part of my point though. It only makes the noise (that I know of) when in neutral and my foot is off the pedal. So the release bearing should be all the way released and not spinning or making contact with anything other than the mainshaft while it just sits there waiting for the clutch to be engaged again. Right??
 

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Yes, if your foot is off of the clutch pedal and the car is in neutral then the clutch is not engaged. However, the flywheel is still spinning since it doesn't stop until the clutch engages the pressure plate to clamp the clutch disc and stop the flywheel. So, the bearings are still moving...winding down...which would cause noise if they are not lubricated.

As far as a tranny jack goes you could make one on the cheap by buying a regular hydraulic jack and getting some 2x6 wood boards and balancing the tranny on that while you lower it down out of the engine. Or you could rent a jack. But you really should get in there and grease the bearings and locktite the flywheel and pressure plate bearings.
 

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Yeah, I made a tranny jack for a small 2 ton jack but it's stil such a... :) So I figure it out I guess and do it again. Had to make a flywheel tool. It works like a chram. Maybe I'll do the rear main too. Thanks.

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