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Old 04-30-2007, 03:13 PM   #1
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Question slipping clutch... now what?

So the clutch is slipping on my 01 zx3 with 76k miles. I figured it would have lasted longer, but no sense in griping about it, its slipping, it needs to be fixed. I guess first off, is there anything that would cause the clutch to slip that DOESNT require me to pull the trans? Nothing I can think of, but I guess I could be forgetting something. My next question is; whats the easiest way to pull the trans? Ill be doing it in my garage. I have all the tools Ill need, but I have never done a FWD clutch before. All my experience (building prototype vehicles) is with RWD/AWD/4WD. I can see I will have to pull the drivers side half shaft, do I need to pull it out of the right side knuckle too? It looks like taking the battery/box and airbox out will give me a lot of room to work, correct? And last but not least, will I need a tool to support the left side of the engine? If so, can I rent one? That would be the only thing I dont have.

FWIW, I checked on a clutch kit at my local auto parts store and they wanted $370. Just for kix an giggles, I stopped at the stealership and they only wanted $210 for the same thing. Go figure!


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Old 05-01-2007, 12:31 PM   #2
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No one with words of advice?
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Old 05-01-2007, 12:35 PM   #3
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as far as i know (ive never had to do this) pull both half shafts and unbolt the tranny from the engine and car and it should come right out....
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haha, ya, well i kinda figured that part. I meant maybe something a little more specific than that. For example I did a job for GM working on the (then new) 2500HD pickups and had to pull the automatic trans out for a rework to the pump. After doing about 100 or so, I figured out it was easiest to leave the exhaust hooked up so the engine didnt flop way back, and that I would need about a 30" extension to get at the top 2 bolts, and if you hooked up the trans lines before you blah blah blah... Or if someone has a link to an online service manual or something.

EDIT: Ugh... after looking more closely at my car, and doing some calling, apparently I need to drop the subframe to get the trans out. I thought I could pull the trans without having to drop the subframe. Its looking more like Ill be paying someone else to do the job.
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i dont have a ton of advice on the work involved itself, but i actually found a centerforce clutch for cheaper than a stock unit on 2 previous cars. might save you a few $$$

and either way, dont forget to machine the flywheel. that is VERY important.
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Where's Ska at? He did this himself in his car. He didn't remove the engine and transmission as a whole because he didn't have a way to jack the vehicle high enough- as I remember.

He would know some advice.

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$900 later, I should have a clutch that works tonight.
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He took it to a shop I think. Price sounds about right.
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Ya, I took it to a shop. I think it was just too big of a project for me to handle in my garage. Not having a backup vehicle to drive while I screwed around with it kinda made up my mind. It turns out the clutch itself was fine, but the slave cylinder was pissing like a race horse all over the clutch disk. Good thing it came with the kit! On the bad side, they couldnt get any fluid to the slave, so I had to wait for 2 extra days and pay to have a new clutch master cylinder installed. ~$215 for the clutch kit, $425 to install it, ~$100 for the master, $150 to install it. Which brings me to right about $900 for a freakin clutch.

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