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so im pretty sure my clutch broke this morning

she has been parked all winter and i got her out this morning. took off for work it was making a hell of a growling noise. few miles from the house if made a huge BANG!!!!!! and shook so i pulled over waited for the cars behind me to go by then took off again and i was fine all the way to work. shut if off. went out a few minutes ago and started it and it was banging and grinding clunking etc... sounded horrible then after a bit it completley went away. still engages fine. so im ordering a new clutch today

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Never really known a clutch to bang or growl. The throwout bearing might squeal when you push the clutch in (bearing's bad), the clutch might not release (fork or diaphragm springs are broken), or there might be bearing noise when the clutch is out and you're driving (transmission bearings). That's an awful vague description to order a clutch on.
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Original clutch/flywheel? It sounds like your dumb-mass.... er.... dual-mass flywheel is coming apart. Remove the inspection plate and see if the flywheel will turn at all with your hand. If it does, or if mystery parts fall out when you remove the plate, DO NOT drive the truck! If the flywheel completely lets go at speed, the centrifugal force can send those liberated mystery parts grenading through the tranny case. In any event, since you're tearing into it, you'll need to get a single-mass flywheel to go with that new clutch to make the job worthwhile.
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Was was clutch assembly making any noise prior to this? ie: rattling, shaking the truck?

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Probably your dual mass flywheel coming apart.


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pretty sure the dual mass flywheel came apart. probably pulling it out tomorrow. got a new kit with brand new single mass flywheel, disc, pressure plate, and flywheel and pressure plate bolts, throw out bearing, and pilot bearing. nice kit

should i do anything else while im in there like a rear main seal or new bolts on the crossover while its apart even if there not bad?

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IIRC, there's a new improved design clutch fork.

Oh, and that inspection cover -- there's a flange that faces forward, that can, over time, "saw" through the engine oil pan. You can buy a pricey replacement cover that doesn't have that flange, or just cut/grind the flange off your cover.

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