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Garage put clutch plate in backwards? [photos]

Just had my clutch replaced 2nd time in a year after breaking down 150 miles from home, mechanic said the clutch plate was on backwards when he took it off, and that I should ask for my money back from the previous garage. The previous garage was very sheepish when I picked my car up and wouldn't look me in the eye. I asked the new mechanic if he was serious and he said that's the only possible reason for the grinding down on and around the springs, which are also loose, as nothing contacts that area if the plate was in the right way round. Before I make a claim, is this possible? Car is 307 HDI 1.4 2002.




 

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I would definitely go back to the garage complaining that the "NEW?" clutch has failed in less than a year (mileage?).Take the debris with you as evidence.That plate looks very suspect.I would think one of the fingers in the cover has come apart and caused those marks.
I would not accuse them of fitting the plate the wrong way round though.
If it was fitted the wrong way round the clutch would just not work at all and the car would not have left the workshop.
Mind you they could have fitted it the wrong way round.Realised their mistake when starting up.Did the job again but re-used the damaged plate instead of fitting a new one.
No matter what,you want a refund.
 

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I have to agree with the above if it was in the wrong way it would simply not work as the clutch could not disengage so you could not drive it.

Regardless of what happened the part has failed and parts have a warranty so i would go back to them with the damaged parts give them a chance to rectify your complaint.
 

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Yes, it's possible. But as others have said, it may not work at all.
My eldest's Renault Megane Sport had this done by some 'clutch specialists' in Birmingham who, finding they couldn't select any gears, proceeded to try all sorts of ways to bleed the clutch thinking that that was the problem resulting in the demise of the new concentric clutch slave cylinder.:mad:

Looking at your pic is the damaged material in the centre plastic? Were the symptoms a squealing noise when the clutch pedal was pressed floowed within a few miles by failure?
Peugeot release bearing have a lot of plastic in their makeup. We've had a 306 one fail totally, bits of plastic & shredded metal all over the place & just done my youngest's 307 2.0 petrol which had been squealing for around 20/30 miles - the release bearing fell apart as we took it off.
Usually there's a fair amount of wear in the fingers (the lever things in the top middle of the cover assembly that the release bearing is in contact with).

Bear in mind it's possible to destroy a release bearing & cover assembly in very few miles if the usual driver drives with their foot resting on the clutch pedal.
 

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The release bearing failing would not damage the clutch friction plate it gets welded to the gearbox sleeve and would never touch the friction plate even if installed wrongly !
 

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Generally, the hub is longer on the gearbox side of the plate than it is on the flywheel side so if fitted the wrong way the hub would prevent the friction material from contacting the flywheel. Not only that but the central metal part of the friction plate is usually deepr on the gearbox side so if it was fitted the wrong way the metal spring holder plate would likely be the only part of the friction plate contacting the flywheel. It's maybe possible this would give enough contact to drive but I would expect it to be noisy with the clutch pedal depressed and also give trouble changing gears. This would also cause the pressure ring in the pressure plate to be forced back into the cover causing the diaphram fingers to move in towards the friction plate possibly contacting the central part of the friction plate.
 
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