Planned to change the clutch on my Calibra 16v today. Its a 1991 so from everything i've read on here it has a flat flywheel and thus the clutch can be dropped straight out through the bellhousing. Excellent.
Opened the new clutch today. No U clamps on the pressure plate. I was told over the phone they would be present. Great. Straight on the phone to the local motorfactors i bought it from. Told them the manufacturer (Valeo) and part number. They said they'd phone back once they checked.
10 mins pass and they phone me back. Conversation as follows:
Them: Hello mate how far have you got?
Me: Not started just inspected the pressure plate and no clamps are present
Them: Ok just checked another Valeo clutch. No clamps either.
Them: I also checked a Borg and Beck(sp?) clutch for your model and they don't have clamps. I then phoned the Borg and Beck technical department. They say its a 3.8 hour job which suggests the clutch cant be dropped out in the way we thought.
Me: Umm. Well i know a few "mates"(the people of mig i have never met have been elevated to mate status ) who have changed clutches on pre 1993 XE's and they have had no problems.
Them: Well thats coming straight from the clutch manufacturers. Do you want to check? I also checked another source and they again quote 4 hour job. The Cavalier and Calibra seem to be different. It seems you cant just drop it out on the 16v.
Me: Well the Cav and Calibra are identical engines so that makes no difference.
Them: Well just check
Me: Ok i'll check
So in conclusion can you confirm these things:
a)you can drop the clutch out on a 1991 XE Calibra
b)they just cant be bothered to send out some U clamps which they guaranteed to be present.
If they had just said we were wrong about the clamps it would be fine. Its just fooked me up, as it means i cant start the job. But they've waffled on (like me) about a completely different issue. Its strange when you find yourself to be more knowledgeble than a clutch manufacturer technical department.
Another day without a car.