So I bought my tacoma with a clutch that seemed like it was on the end of it's life (no noises, just hard to shift) and after much deliberation I decided to replace the clutch with a marlin crawler kit.
I had a shop install the kit and after ~1000miles the clutch started chirping (well it might have started earlier than that and just got louder as miles passed) and it went away when the pedal was depressed. We figured it was a faulty throw out bearing and after a lot a couple weeks I got a new marlin crawler kit put in it and the mechanic informed me that the old bearing appeared fine, but the chirping was gone with the new kit.
Well now I've driven it for about 150miles and I'm starting to hear some very quite chirping again that goes away when I depress the pedal.
After the first install the mechanic told me there was no pilot bearing on the input shaft at all. Now that I'm having this issue with chirping again I think that maybe the lack of a pilot bearing caused grooving in the input shaft which is causing the pilot bearing not to seat correctly and chirp as they spin (when the clutch pedal is released?).
So my questions are:
Does this sound diagnostically correct?
And is the input shaft replaceable?
How hard is the input shaft to get to?
Where can I find instructions for transmission/bell housing removal?
And anything else you might think I should know