Need Help?

1999 Chevrolet Prizm Base 4dr Sedan

1999 Chevrolet Prizm
Trim Info:
Front Wheel Drive, 4dr Sedan, Compact
31 mpg city / 37 mpg hwy
Other Trims
Do you own this car?
Estimated Mileage
Enter current mileage for most
accurate info about this vehicle

Track Your Service Records
Get Recall Alerts
Get Updated Value Estimates on Your Car.

back to question list

Ask the Community

Ask Our Auto Mechanics

April 18, 2012, 6:54 pm


Question: clutch pilot bearing - follow on comment

I did not find or remove a pilot bearing in the flywheel when I took the clutch apart. The transmission input shaft doesn't provide a bearing surface for the pilot bearing, instead the clutch splines extend all the way to the end of the shaft. I was confused because the GM manual implies there is a pilot bearing, although it doesn't have a picture of it. The Chevy dealer would have to special order the part if I wanted one to the tune of $130, while the Toyota dealer claims they have plenty of them for $11 each. (Corolla and Prizms are the same car.)

April 20, 2012, 2:02 pm

Richard W
Expert Mechanic

I would go to Toyota and get one. Also I would look in a Toyota manual for the service on the pilot bearing.

0/0 users found this helpful.

April 22, 2012, 5:37 pm


I replaced the clutch and pressure plate and throwout bearing, but did not find an old pilot bearing or install a new one. The clutch and transmission work just like new, and I can only conclude this model and year of vehicle does not use pilot bearings for the transmission input shaft.

0/0 users found this helpful.

April 22, 2012, 8:47 pm

Richard W
Expert Mechanic

I looked this up on Alldata and some models have one and some don't. So you have on that does nnot have one. If the clutch is working good than you are fine.

0/0 users found this helpful.

Ask our panel of certified auto mechanics a question. We pay for their advice so you don't have to

My Auto Score

See the free AutoCheck score

Meet The Experts
Kim Perrin
Kim Perrin is our resident mechanic here at DriverSide. Kim worked as…
Tyler Orr
Tyler Orr is an expert in German and Japanese cars and has been a mechanic …
Elizabeth Kriesten
Elizabeth Kriesten worked as an automotive technician for several years at Dodge…
Tips on Servicing

Car Brakes: How Do You Know When to Change Them?

By Zach Bowman For those who suffer a daily commute through heavy traffic, your vehicle's braking system can bring thousands of pounds of metal, plastic and empty Starbucks cups to a stop hundreds of times before you get to work. It goes without saying that these pieces wear out, but they do so slowly, meaning you may not notice they need attention until ...

Read more…