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Clutch replacement?

Post by mmm240 on Sat Oct 24, 2009 11:59 am

Should I do it myself, or pay the shop? I got a quote at 300 for the labor; I don't think that's too bad.
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Post by J240sxxx on Sat Oct 24, 2009 12:24 pm

I would do it myself. It isn't very hard (if you have the right tools) and you can save yourself 300 bucks for something else for your ride. But whatever you decide good luck.
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Post by eidk on Sat Oct 24, 2009 4:41 pm

just did it. granted i used a lift and tranny jack which for sure helped the situation.

The only problem i can possibly see is when putting the transmission back in you have to tilt to motor back because the firewall is too close and blocks the transmission from going in
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Post by mmm240 on Sat Oct 24, 2009 4:47 pm

How far back? And how did you do it?
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Post by Adrian_S13 on Tue Oct 27, 2009 1:35 am

Save yourself 300 do it yourself. Jayys and I have done mine numerous times. Jacks and jack stands.
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Post by LongGrain on Tue Oct 27, 2009 8:02 am

in my experiences, its easiest to just pull the whole motor and change the clutch that way.

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Post by J240sxxx on Sun Nov 01, 2009 10:07 pm

so mmm240 did you do the clutch? how did it go?
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Post by mmm240 on Mon Nov 02, 2009 12:04 am

Not yet, works been picking up. Probably gonna be a while, plus I can't find anyone to help me with it. I don't wanna drop a trans on myself.
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Post by J240sxxx on Mon Nov 02, 2009 12:27 am

Ahh I see too bad I'm not in your area, I would give ya a hand. hope you find someone..
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Post by eidk on Mon Nov 02, 2009 4:48 pm

Well, i work at a dealership so im lucky enough to have a few more tools at my disposal.

Heres how it went. Disconnected driveshaft, bellhousing bolts, removed all wiring, unbolted slave syl and w.e else there is. (not in that order)

Had a transmission jack (car is on a hoist). Dropped trans. Cleaned trans with about 4 cans of brakecleaner. replaced clutched/flywheel/tob and pilot bearing. Since i was doing all those i also changed transmission fluid.

While attemping to put it back in we noticed it kept hitting the transmission tunnel and the input shaft was off by like 1in 1/2. So we took a screw jack and peice of wood and placed it on the front side of the motor and began to get as much tilt as we couldnt .

After a good chunk of time and a few swear words later she was back in!
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Post by mmm240 on Tue Nov 03, 2009 2:02 am

That doesn't sound too bad. So you jacked up the front of the motor in order to get the angle correct?

Thanks for the offer J
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Post by VNG704 on Sat Nov 21, 2009 10:53 am

If you diy, you might be happy to save $300. But it is a PITA if you don't take the long way and pull the motor/trans out. If you have a lift.

If you have a shop do it, you'll be short $300 but you'll be at ease. If you're fine dropping $300 for labor then do it.
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Post by LongGrain on Sat Nov 21, 2009 11:26 am

if labor is 300, i'd probably pay someone to do it if you dont have the resources to do it yourself, but ive seen quotes for 1200+ for clutch replacements. which puts it out of most people's budgets...

300 dollars is really cheap considering most shops charge 100+/hr shop time, and a clutch is more than a 3 hour job no matter how many tools you have...

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Post by jayys on Sat Nov 21, 2009 12:55 pm

actually a clutch on a ka prolly payys bout 3.5 hours book time. and if u have a lift its cake
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Post by boostin240 on Sat Dec 19, 2009 6:16 pm

240SX clutch jobs arent too bad, but not having a lift will make it a longer bigger headache. Plus once you put the trans back on you will need someone to help if you dont have it up on a lift.

$300 is very cheap for labor. Once you do it a few times you will realize its not super hard but its not something you wanna do all the time. Also depends on a car, some cars are easier to deal with others became headaches. The more rusty and corroded the harder it is and the more likely you will strip/break bolts.

Also an impact is a very good tool to have when taking off the flywheel bolts. Torque them down to spec too.
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Post by u2chuki on Sat Dec 19, 2009 7:20 pm

^ what he said.

hardest part is lining up the trans back to the engine, and getting the splines to line up. i undid the engine mounts and lifted the engine a bit, that seemed to do the trick.

i wouldnt do it without a lift though. $300 is good price for the install from a shop.
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