Transmission issues

Asked by Dec 03, 2017 at 04:02 PM about the 1985 Dodge Ram

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

So here’s the run down, I have a 1985 dodge D100
3.7l slant six with the a-833 four speed
transmission. It has a finger or lever style clutch
pressure plate and a 10” clutch disk. I’ve been
having issues with this clutch for the past four
months, one clutch per month. I’ve changed them
myself so I know the install and adjustments are
correct, and every time the clutch breaks it breaks
in a similar spot. The pressure plate has three
fingers that release the pressure on the clutch disk,
This style clutch has broken four times in a row
where the fingers connect to the pressure plate. I’m
at my witts end with dropping transmissions, ive
taken out the fourth broken finger style clutch in the
past four months. The pressure plate is the only
thing that breaks but it’s absurd for it to break this
many times within such a short amount of time. I’ve
searched for a diaphragm style clutch kit to fit my
truck and I can’t seem to find one. My question is,
do they make a diaphragm style clutch for my truck.
If so what will fit? If not, what issues could be
causing the fingers in the pressure plate to break so
consistently?

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