Guide: Peugeot 508 clutch replacement

REPXPERT step-by-step guide talks GW readers through the process

In this month’s LUK clutch feature from Schaeffler, REPXPERT Alistair Mason is replacing a clutch and dual mass flywheel on a Peugeot 508 SW powered by the 1.6 HDI engine with more than 170,000 miles on the clock.

The customer has reported that the clutch is starting to slip and this was confirmed with a short road test.

The customer was advised to replace the clutch and dual mass flywheel as part of the repair and authorisation was given.

The Peugeot 508 shares the same platform as the Citroën C5, it has proved to be a popular car on the UK roads with a combined vehicle parc of over 50,000 cars, so there is always an opportunity for repairs to be carried out.

On initial inspection, the gearbox looks hard to access and even harder to remove, but with some of the larger components removed the repair becomes quite straight forward.

Figure one.

The scheduled time for this repair is six hours, so with some guidance, this should make for a profitable repair in any independent workshop.

First remove the engine and gearbox undertrays, the plastic shield under the front bumper, both front wheels and front wheel arch liners.

You’ll also need to remove the front bumper fixings, electrical multiplugs inside the front wings and then the front hub nuts too.

Next remove the slam panel trim to gain access to the front bumper cover top fixings (figure one), remove the top bumper cover fixings and ease the bumper cover forwards – remove and stow in a safe area.

Remove the air intake ducting, top intercooler hose, air filter assembly, battery, battery tray, E box assembly (figure two), to give good access to the top of the gearbox.

Figure two.

You’ll then be able to remove the clutch slave cylinder (leaving the hydraulics connected), disconnect the gear change cables and remove the starter motor.

A good tip here is to secure the radiator at the top to the front panel using cable ties to prevent the radiator dropping when the front subframes are removed.

Raise the vehicle lift to gain access to the underside and drain the cooling by removing the bottom hose.

While the coolant is draining, lower the lift to waist height and remove the front crash bar.

Once the coolant has drained, raise the lift and remove the front aluminium sub-frame assembly (figure three) by removing the two bolts in the front and four holding the rear to the main sub-frame.

Figure three.

Now remove the main front sub-frame, firstly disconnect the brackets holding the power steering pipe to the subframe and ensure it is free.

Disconnect both anti-roll bar links from the anti-roll bar, remove the bottom ball joint pinch bolts and disconnect the ball joints from the hub assemblies.

Disconnect the bottom gearbox mounting (pendulum mounting) from the gearbox, remove the two steering rack mounting nuts and secure the steering rack to the body of the car by tying the steering arms to the suspension struts.

Support the front subframe using a transmission jack and remove the four bolts that hold the subframe.

Carefully lower the subframe, once clear lift clear of the vehicle and stow in a safe area (figure four).

Figure four.

Now drain the gearbox oil and remove both driveshafts from the vehicle – the O/S/F driveshaft also has a centre bearing that needs to be released.

Once the driveshafts have been removed, remove the lower intercooler pipe that runs under the engine, remove the exhaust catalyst bracket to give access to the rear bell housing bolts, remove the retaining bolt for the reverse locking pin mechanism and the remove the reverse locking pin assembly (figure five).

Figure five.

Now remove the bell housing bolts but leave one accessible bolt in position to support the gearbox until we reach the removal point.

Support the engine using either an engine brace or a support stand under the engine and the remove the top gearbox mounting.

Once removed support the gearbox with a transmission jack, lower the engine and gearbox, remove the final bell housing bolt and ease the gearbox away from the engine.

Once clear, lower the transmission jack and remove the gearbox from the vehicle.

At this point it was clear to see that the clutch had reached the end of its service life as the self-adjusting clutch springs were fully extended (figure six).

Figure six.

Remove the clutch assembly and dual mass flywheel.

Check the back of the engine for any oil or coolant leaks and rectify if required.

Clean the back of the engine with brake and clutch dust cleaner and compare the new dual mass flywheel with the old one to ensure it is correct.

Mount the new dual mass flywheel ensuring the dowel locates correctly.

Insert the new flywheel bolts supplied and torque to the manufactures specification (the torque value is easily obtained through Schaeffler’s REPXPERT on-line information portal or Schaeffler’s Checkpoint DMF app).

Now replace the release bearing and check the clutch release mechanism components for wear.

Figure seven.

Wear was evident on the clutch release fork at the pivot point and the release bearing contact area, the ball pivot had worn and also the release bearing guide tube (figure seven) – all items were replaced (figure eight).

The bell housing was cleaned out with brake and clutch dust cleaner.

You’ll need to place a light smear of high melting point onto the gearbox input shaft splines and then mount the clutch plate onto the input shaft.

This will confirm the clutch plate is correct for the vehicle and also evenly distribute the grease.

Remove the clutch plate and wipe off any excess grease.

Using a clutch alignment tool, or even better a self-adjusting clutch mounting tool, mount the clutch ensuring ‘gearbox side’ (or ‘getriebe seite’, which is etched into the clutch plate centre) is facing the gearbox, then tighten and torque the bolts in an even and sequential manner.

Check the engine to gearbox alignment dowels are located correctly, now install the gearbox using the transmission jack and ease the gearbox into position and locate on the dowels.

Secure in position using an easily accessible bolt and then refit all components in reverse order of removal, remembering to replace the gearbox oil.

Once the battery has been installed, ensure all electrical systems are reset and finally road test the vehicle to ensure a successful repair.

Information on Schaeffler products, fitting instructions, repair times and much more can be found on the REPXPERT garage portal.

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