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Old 10-26-2009, 03:26 PM   #11
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great write-up! ill be sure to use this when its time to upgrade
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Old 10-26-2009, 04:11 PM   #12
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Thanks guys, hopefully it helps someone. At the rate my cars been braking lately I could start documenting all the repairs and sell my own manual!

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how much time did it take you to do this??
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Total working time was about 10 hours, with 2 guys for the whole job and 3 for most. No special tools needed really, a full set of hand tools, torque wrench, jacks and jack stands. It was a challenge but definitely do-able for a competent mechanic and a few friends.
I used a lot of air tools too, which saved time.
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Old 10-26-2009, 06:59 PM   #13
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here's a tip for anyone doing this: remove your radiator fan first thing. It'll give you more room to swing the engine far enough forward to make the removal and installation of the tranny A LOT easier
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Old 10-26-2009, 07:11 PM   #14
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Yes great write up. I found a similar one when I looked into doing my clutch. But due to limited garage space (oh wait, I don't have one). I ended finding a mechanic who gave me a good price.
 
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Its strange. On my 2.3, I finagled it out with the subframe and fan shroud still in. But in a friends 2.0 of the same year, we had to remove the fan shroud, and swing the subframe outta the way... lol. I dunno why.
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When I took the tranny out the fan shroud was still in, but I took the fan out for the tranny install and it went in really easy (comparatively)
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here's a tip for anyone doing this: remove your radiator fan first thing. It'll give you more room to swing the engine far enough forward to make the removal and installation of the tranny A LOT easier
Good idea, that definetly would've helped. It was not easy to get back in.
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Old 10-27-2009, 06:55 PM   #18
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ive replaced my clutch twice already(long story) i have the 2L and let me tell u... it is sooo much easier w/ a lift!! the hardest part was getting it out and bleeding it!! last time it only took me 5hrs! i had to swing the subframe out of the way tho!
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Old 08-07-2011, 05:47 PM   #19
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I'm glad that I could find some very constructive advice on how to replace these parts, thank you! My 2004 lx has 173,563 original miles on it, and the original clutch and all parts, it is truly a "solid car!" The slave cylinder is leaking and failing, so I'm gonna have to replace the whole thing, it is for the better, of course!
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Old 08-07-2011, 05:53 PM   #20
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173k out of the original clutch is quite impressive. I think the clutch on these cars are hit and miss from what it's looking like. I luckily just had mine replaced before buying the car because it looks like quite an involved process. I wish I had the mechanical abilities to do this for when it goes out again, hopefully in the very distant future.
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