Safety With Clutches and Manual Transmissions
Keep these 8 safety precautions in mind when working with clutches and manual transmissions
1. On many street rods, asbestos has been used as
a material in the clutch friction disc. Be careful not
to breathe any of the asbestos dust particles into
your lungs. The dust particles are generally found
in and around the clutch housing and inside the
clutch and friction disc cover.
2. Be careful not to crush your fingers or hands when
lifting the flywheel, as it is very heavy.
3. Always use a transmission jack stand when
removing a manual transmission. The transmission
is very heavy and can easily be dropped.
4. If you have a lift in your shop, make sure that no
oil or antifreeze has been spilled while working on
the clutch or manual transmission. You may slip
and seriously injure yourself.
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5. Always wear OSHA-approved safety glasses
when working on the clutch or manual transmission.
6. The manual transmission external housing is often
used to support the rear of the engine. Always
support the bottom of the engine adequately before
removing the transmission. Special engine
supports on the top of the engine can also be used.
7. When removing or installing snap rings on a
manual transmission, always use a snap ring
pliers. Snap rings have a high degree of spring
tension. If not installed with the correct tool, the
snap ring may fly off and injure your face or body.
8. When disassembling or assembling a manual
transmission always follow the suggested
maintenance procedure for maximum safety.