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I have changed the Clutch kit without pilot bearing

I have changed the Clutch plate, Pressure plate and the Release bearing of my Vitara 1998. But fogot to change the pilot bearing. What could be the impact and should I do it immediately.

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That happens more times than you think, most probably you won't have any pproblems, ita all up to you

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Only if it is noisey. It would have been advised when the box was out but now it is back together it isn't worth the effort... you'll be fine :o)

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