why is nothing simple

really pissed off now been at this a week and van is still off the road . Took the engine out because there was a massive oil leak and clutch was slipping thought it was gonna be the engine seal but bellhouse was dry clutch was fluffyed anyway so stripped the engine with the expert eye and hands of diesel4060 off here (cheers matey top bloke) and changed the gaskets got the clutch today and the holes line up friction plate looks the same but the presure plate is not as deep will it still work or have they sent me wrong clutch difference is about 10mm

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The newer looking pressure plate is the old three-arm type. I think you should have been supplied the diaphragm spring type if that’s what your previous one was. I take it it’s a 200mm type 1 clutch your engine needs?
It’s possible to use either, but I’d prefer the later diaphragm type myself.
Make sure the release bearing is the correct one too. If you’ve still got a Splitty 6V gearbox, you’ll need the type that’s secured with a couple of ‘U’ clips (like staples) but if it’s a later one (12V or IRS box) you’ll need the one that has built in spring clips to the side of the bearing that engage in slots on the release forks.
With a 3-arm friction plate, you’ll probably require a thrust washer that sits on the arms, secured by spring clips. The old style release bearing then acts against this to operate the clutch. Adjustment of the pedal play via the cable nut could be critical!

9 years ago, I was running in my new 1776 Laurie Pettitt engine with an uprated 2500lb 180mm 3-arm pressure plate.
Everything was going fine on the way to Glastonbury until a sudden traffic jam on the M6 caused me to press the pedal a bit too hard.
The release bearing pushed the thrust washer past the point the springs could stand and they snapped, causing the washer to fall onto the gearbox shaft.
Result - no clutch, and a lack of cooperation from the battery department meant I couldn’t do starts in gear and clutchless shifting for the remaining 200 miles.
Bummer - RAC to the rescue, and Eva spent the weekend in the Walsall control centre. At least they provided us with a new Passat to get to Glasto, but it just wasn’t the same without her…

Oh aye - two other points of note.
When I replaced my 210mm Type 4 diaphragm clutch plate kit on Eva a few months ago, it too looked like there was less metal on the pressure plate and I suspected clutch grip would be even worse. Not so! Works absolutely fine with a new friction plate and release bearing.
Also, check the gearbox input shaft seal. Mine had been leaking gear oil and contaminated the friction plate, which was otherwise in pretty good condition. The smell was obvious though, and the new seal drifted in pretty easily. :thumb:

ok thanks for that bud . can i use the old pressure plate then the pad is a lil rattley but still seems in decent nick obviously i would give it a good clean (the surface) it was just the friction plate that was burnt ??

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sex instructor - 2008-08-16 11:28 PM
…can i use the old pressure plate then the pad is a lil rattley but still seems in decent nick obviously i would give it a good clean (the surface) it was just the friction plate that was burnt ??

Aye - should be ok! :thumb:
Just be prepared to change it again if the pressure pad is beyond limits…