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Old 04-21-2014, 09:21 PM   #1
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Clutch replacement - weekend warrior job?

I'm no stranger to getting my hands dirty and I can follow directions pretty well. Did a full head job and cams on my e36, suspension work, etc. That being said, I have never done any transmission work at all.
Pretty sure my clutch is going out. It feels okay in the pedal but every so often when i mash the gas in gear the car will rev for a second then catch.

Is a clutch and (possibly) flywheel replacement something that an amateur like me should attempt doing? I've got decent tools and a garage to do it in, but I'll only have a a weekend to get it done.
If so, any specialty tools I should get my hands on to make the job easier/faster?
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Old 04-21-2014, 10:02 PM   #2
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I replaced my clutch and flywheel a couple months back and it took me a total of 10 hours. And I had about as much experience with transmissions as you do! Ha just make sure you have enough extensions to get to the top bolts on the tranny and a pilot bearing puller. Search some DIYs before you start so you know what tools you need and so you'll have a grasp on what to do! Hope that helps a little. If you can do engine work then this shouldn't be that bad for you!

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Old 04-21-2014, 11:34 PM   #3
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Long extensions is a must, and some sort of impact tools will make job easier.
If one of the top bolts gets stripped, good ****ing luck.

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Old 04-22-2014, 07:28 AM   #4
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I was in the same boat late fall last year. I was contemplating doing the job myself in the garage with out car lift, on the ground with winter around the corner. I'm sure i have enough experience and tools to get it done, but for the reasons above I shopped around and had it done by the shop for 500.00 in labor and 350.00 for the clutch kit.
I figured out, that without a carlift, I'm better to have someone else do this for me.
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Old 04-22-2014, 02:31 PM   #5
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as everyone has posted make sure you have long extensions! I ended up putting like 5 together and breaking a few. your extensions have to basically be the length of the transmission+ . there are many DIY video's on clutch installs, just make sure you follow the directions precisely and you will be good.

Below is a little video I made, there are much better ones out there. but watching it is probably worth 5 minutes of your time. One thing I didn't mention in the video is that when you loosen/tighten the flywheel bolts and the pressure plate bolts, you need a friend to hold the crank pulley on the front side of the engine with a large socket. This video was made with the engine out of the car so you can see how long it takes after your done fighting the trans on and off. If your good it doesn't take long at all, even if your not an expert its easily manageable in a weekend.


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Old 04-22-2014, 02:51 PM   #6
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4 jackstands, lots of extensions, and a buddy that is easily bribed with pizza are all it takes.
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Old 04-23-2014, 12:55 AM   #7
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extensions help. I use wobble extensions which helps get a couple of the top ones. I remove the motor mount nuts and jack the front of the motor which also seems to help one some of the screws. Doing it alone in a weekend will take some motivation, but it can certainly be done. My buddy and I had a game plan and worked as fast as possible, trying to pull an E30 transmission in under an hour. We failed by 5-6 minutes, but it can be done quickly with help and access to the right tools.
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Old 04-23-2014, 01:50 PM   #8
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Totally doable based on your previous experience but remember, patience is a virtue.
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