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Old 12-05-2012, 02:50 PM   #1
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Clutch slipping....

Well....my 33ci has 143k miles on it and I noticed a couple days ago at a stoplight I revved it up let the clutch out and no go with the car until I let of the throttle for a bit then it engaged. The car will drive fine normally, only two cases when I dropped the clutch at high rpm, which I have done before.

My indy mechanic says its a 6 hour job, can't use the stock flywheel (shave it down he says), so a new flywheel is a little over 1k. I mentioned a ltw aluminum flywheel he said it chatters and is rough when driving. Does this sound right pricing etc...?

I like my car, Dinan stage 3 suspension, but its got some age on it.


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Old 12-05-2012, 03:03 PM   #2
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Can you buy your parts and then give them to the shop to install?

you will save a boatload on the flywheel and clutchkit, also do you know if your indy mechanic has experience with BMW E46 clutches? if its his first try I would think twice about giving it to them to replace.
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:06 PM   #3
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Can you buy your parts and then give them to the shop to install?

you will save a boatload on the flywheel and clutchkit, also do you know if your indy mechanic has experience with BMW E46 clutches? if its his first try I would think twice about giving it to them to replace.

Bringing in my own parts I am not sure, but he does REALLY know he stuff from e36's to e90's

What kind of deals on flywheels and clutchkits are out there?

Does 6hrs of labor @ $120 sound right?


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Old 12-06-2012, 12:05 AM   #4
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OEM (DUAL MASS) flywheel and M5 clutch.

The original flywheel cannot be "shaven-down"
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:27 AM   #5
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6 hours for a clutch is decent, but $120/hr. is nearly dealership rate..
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Old 12-06-2012, 06:56 PM   #6
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6 hours for a clutch is decent, but $120/hr. is nearly dealership rate..
Where I live, that's $16/hr more than what my stealer charges. But OP is in the bay area where stealer hourly rates are probably outrageous.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:33 PM   #7
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Search on partsgeek. com. I think for your car they should have the LuK RepSet clutch kit and a LuK flywheel. Those two parts together totaled $525 for me about half a year back, though I know prices have gone up. Partsgeek sent my parts from their LA warehouse in about 2 days, so for you, it should be faster (assuming they have what you need).
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:35 AM   #8
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Thanks guys I am thinking of going Valeo single mass flywheel. The best labor rate I have found for the job is 700 bucks oy.


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Old 12-07-2012, 10:44 AM   #9
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yes, those numbers are about right.
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:03 AM   #10
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From what I read on here clutch rattles can be minimized greatly by using better clutch fluid...aka brake fluid. UUC website I believe sells it....I hate just thinking about the day I have to get my clutch replaced Im a DIY type of guy so spending almost 2k to have someone work on my car is going to hurt me. A clutch job is the only job I wouldnt want to do by myself.
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www.oembimmerparts.com - You can have an OEM clutch and an OEM flywheel for $815 SHIPPED.

www.gripforce.com - Stage 1 Clutch and 16 lb. flywheel for $412 + shipping.

www.partsgeek.com - $656.20 for Sachs clutch + Luk flywheel OR $602.20 for Luk clutch + Luk flywheel

www.uucmotorwerks.com - Price will vary, but expect to spend ~$1,000.00, regardless of which route you take.
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From what I read on here clutch rattles can be minimized greatly by using better clutch fluid...aka brake fluid. UUC website I believe sells it....I hate just thinking about the day I have to get my clutch replaced Im a DIY type of guy so spending almost 2k to have someone work on my car is going to hurt me. A clutch job is the only job I wouldnt want to do by myself.
heavier transmission fluid reduces the gear chatter that an ordinarily heavier flywheel masks.

Clutch fluid has nothing to do with it.
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