Sunday, October 17, 2010
File under WTF
I needed to get the clutch and pressure plates out of the flywheel. I plan on mounting a BMW R1150 Clutch pack for a number of reasons. I thought I could get away with drilling out a few riveted pieces and it would come apart. The smart clutch isn't a serviceable item. Mercedes intends for the entire flywheel and clutch assembly to be replaced as one unit and therefore there is no way to disassemble it. I can'tt even figure out how they got it together. There are no bolts or weld marks, and there is no room anywhere that I can see to get tooling in to the assembly. My best guess is that it is in fact pressed together. The only clue to that is that the starter ring gear appears to be presses on to the cast iron flywheel so maybe they have a process for pressing the outer plate (the one that holds the spring diaphragm) over the clutch into the flywheel.