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How to Replace a Throw Out Bearing in a Harley Transmission

by Christina Teter

The throw out bearing -- otherwise known as the pushrod bearing -- is located just inside the transmission clutch release cover on the lower right-hand side of your Harley-Davidson. Replacement is rarely necessary, as it does not wear easily. If, however, you decide your throw out bearing does require replacement, it is accessible with simple hand tools.

Step 1

Remove the magnetic drain plug with a wrench. The drain plug is underneath the outer primary chain case on the left side of the motorcycle. Drain the fluid into a drain pan.

Step 2

Remove the six screws on the clutch release cover with an Allen wrench. Remove the clutch release cover. Discard the gasket located just inside the clutch release cover.

Step 3

Loosen the clutch cable adjuster with a wrench to allow slack in the clutch cable.

Step 4

Remove the retaining clip of the pushrod assembly with a pick tool. This will also release the two thrust washers located just behind the retaining clip.

Step 5

Remove the throw out bearing. Insert a new one into the same slot.

Step 6

Reinstall the two thrust washers and the retaining clip you previously removed.

Step 7

Tighten the clutch cable adjuster with a wrench.

Replace the clutch release cover gasket and reinstall the cover by inserting and tightening the six screws previously removed.

Tip

  • Keep the work area clean to ensure no foreign material enters the clutch cover, pushrod assembly or transmission oil.

Warning

  • Use goggles when removing the retaining clip to ensure you protect your eyes.

Items you will need

  • Standard wrench set
  • Drain pan
  • Allen wrench
  • Pick tool

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