I replaced the clutch on an '84 Ford Bronco 2 (2.9L). After removing the transmission I found out that the throw-out bearing and slave cylinder were completely destroyed. I replaced both parts and thoroughly bled the hydraulic clutch lines.
After I was done with the install the clutch pedal has a little pressure but will not disengage the clutch to allow the transmission to go into another gear.
After researching online I think I may have put the self-centering throw-out bearing in the wrong direction. Please help. How do I know which direction to place the bearing?
I believe it would be pretty hard to get the throw out bearing in
backwards. Flat side towards the clutch, right? it may be the
case, but I find it highly unlikely. (See the picture below) What you see
is the side which goes towards the transmission. NOTE: This type of throwout bearing is supposed to be self aligning ... that is the reason for the pointy part. In practice it doesn't work that well, but at any rate, the pointy part should be away from the clutch fork.
How tight did you tighten bolts for the pressure plate to the
flywheel? The spec calls for 15-24 ft lbs. This is not a lot of
torque (may more easily be done using an inch-pound torque wrench at
180-288 in lbs). If you used a ratchet and just had at it, the
assembly is probably too tight and may be causing your issues.
EDIT: A third problem may be that the slave cylinder is pushing away from the clutch pedal, flexing the firewall. If it is, you'll need to reinforce the firewall. You can have someone pump on the pedal to see if there is any movement while you watch it.