How to Replace a Clutch

Below guide will teach you How to Replace a Clutch . Please follow the instructions carefully.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Screwdriver
  • Combination Wrench Set
  • Socket and Ratchet Set
  • Jack Stand Set
  • Pry Bar
  • 3/8 in. Drive Torque Wrench
  • Clutch Kit

Estimated Costs:

  • DIY Costs: Est. $905.93 parts only
  • Shop Costs: Est. $1,646.07 parts and labor

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  • Before replacing clutch, make sure that the problem is genuinely with your clutch. For this take a small drive and observe the working of the clutch. RPM gauge and engine speed will help you to realize whether the clutch is working fine or not.
  • After road test, secure the vehicle on a flat surface with parking brake set on.
  • Detach the negative battery cable from the negative terminal.
  • You need to raise the front of the vehicle to access the transmission. Use floor jack to raise the vehicle. You may have to raise the rear also.
  • It is better to secure the vehicle over jack stands so that you can work safely under the vehicle.
  • In case your vehicle is rear wheel drive, take the transmission shifter knob or lever away. This will allow the transmission shifter to run through the center console and floor board.
  • Then detach the driveshaft and also the clutch linkage.
  • Next, you need to remove the speedometer cable from the transmission.
  • Remove the starter from the housing and detach all the electrical connections. Mark the wires or terminal so that reconnecting the connections won’t be a problem.
  • Support the rear of the transmission housing on the floor jack.
  • After supporting the transmission housing, remove the transmission mounts by unfastening the bolts.
  • Then, unfasten the bolts holding the transmission cross member to the frame and take it out.
  • Take the bolts out holding the transmission bell housing to the engine block. Gradually, shifts the jack down. It will glide the transmission out of the engine block.
  • Make sure that the flywheel and pressure plate has index marks for installation reference. If there are no marks, you need to mark the flywheel and pressure plate before taking them out.
  • You need to use clutch alignment tool to unfasten the pressure plate bolts holding it to flywheel.
  • Once the pressure plate is removed, examine the clutch lining for any signs of damage.
  • Take a clutch alignment tool and align the new clutch disc to the pressure plate and flywheel. You have to torque the bolts properly to ensure that pressure plate is evenly attached to the flywheel. Once done, take the clutch alignment tool out.
  • Now, prop the transmission on jack and slowly lift the transmission to the height where bolt holes and dowels come in line. Secure the transmission to engine block properly.
  • Reconnect all the components which you have removed earlier such as electrical connectors, cables, hydraulic lines etc.
  • Now first reconnect the transmission mount to the transmission, then reattach the cross member to the frame rails.
  • Next secure the transmission bell housing to the engine block carefully. Torque the mounting bolts properly.
  • Add transmission fluid to the transmission oil pan and take a small drive to ensure that the new clutch is operating fine.

Points to Remember

  • Always use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as goggles, latex gloves, closed toe shoes etc.

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