In much simpler terms, the Mercedes Benz pressure plate’s main function is to apply pressure to the clutch disc for the transfer of torque to the transmission. This is a very important function since the pressure plate, when coupled with clutch disc and flywheel, makes and breaks the flow of power from the engine to the transmission. First, it loads the pressure plate evenly since the pressure is equally applied to the entire plate assembly. The release levers lighten the holding force of the springs when the tilting pad thrust bearing clutch is disengaged.
The long pressure plate is easily identified by the three thin fingers that engage the release bearing are used to identify the long pressure plate. This style is mainly used for drag race applications where the static load can be adjusted separately from centrifugal load.
There are three types of pressure plates that are used today. It consists of a sheet metal cover, heavy release springs, a metal pressure ring that provides a friction surface for the clutch disc, a thrust of ring fingers for the release bearing and release levers.
It’s therefore necessary to regularly check your Mercedes Benz pressure plate to avoid problems and to replace it immediately when the need arises. One is clutch clutter which may be attributed to damaged pressure plate release levers. Some high-performance pressure plates are “semi-centrifugal,” meaning they use small weights on the tips of the diaphragm springs to increase the clamping force as engine revolutions increase.
The second style which is the Borg & Beck style is somehow similar to the Long style.
The diaphragm pressure plate, on the other hand, uses a single, large Bellville-style spring to load the pressure plate. Under the pressure plate cover is a series of nine coil springs