I recently replaced the clutch in my '95 Miata.
I bought this clutch disk
and this pressure plate
I replaced all of the other stuff with Mazda parts (gaskets, etc.) but I bought the alignment tool and throw-out bearing from Advance Auto Parts because clutchnet doesn't sell kits, just discs and pressure plates.
Anywho I installed everything a couple weeks ago and finally got the car all put back together and running last Sunday. I took the car for a short test drive to get some gas and make sure everything was kosher with the clutch install. After less than 5 miles the clutch started making a howling noise whenever the clutch pedal was depressed.
So I stopped driving the car figuring there was something wrong with the throw-out bearing. I had the car towed to AAMCO transmission and they finally pulled the tranny yesterday. The throw-out bearing is seized and the pressure plate is destroyed. I will post pictures later. The mechanics at the transmission shop say everything was installed correctly and the throw-out bearing seized causing the damage to everything else (including a hole in the bellhousing from a pressure plate finger flying through it).
I called Advance asking about what kind of warranty the throw-out bearing has etc. etc. They haven't given me a concrete response yet but initially the guy was saying they might be able to get me another clutch kit at no costs. I'm worried about the $500 in clutch stuff that got destroyed and the $300 plus in labor from having the tranny dropped.
They haven't called me back yet but it didn't sound too good on the phone. What do you guys think I should do? I've never had an experience with this sort of thing but I know I don't want to eat $800 worth of clutch and repairs because the throw-out bearing was crap.