If you’re working on your Mustang’s transmission, replacing the throwout and pilot bearings is an important part of the restoration. Both bearings should be replaced whenever you get a new clutch.
Pilot bearings allow for the difference in rotational speed between the engine and transmission. If you notice an odd noise when you’re clutch is fully disengaged, you may need a new bearing.
The throwout bearing, or clutch release bearing, is held by the clutch fork or clutch release lever. It’s the component that presses against the diaphragm to actuate the clutch.
Most clutch kits will include a throwout bearing, but you can select your own or replace it by itself. Brands like Ford Performance make durable throwout bearings that are long-lasting. They’re direct-fit replacements that are easy to install. The heavy-duty design is self-centering and ensures smooth gear changes.