Anyone know how to repair a clutch on a front wheel drive car?

if so help!

I took my car this mechanic here in san antonio and he wants to charge me 600 bucks just for a normal inspection he didn’t even take off the tranny so i’m gonna go pick up the car it’s a 04 mazda 6. But i don’t know how to change out the clutch???

get a manual from a shop and read it.

they have pretty pictures in them to show you what to do.

there. That’ll be 350 dollars please.

Um… thats a normal price for a new clutch.

i priced my clutch at 320.00 usd not bad for the year and make and all that but…

chaning a clutch on a front wheel drive can I’ve heard can be a hassle…

you have to remove the suspension and driveshafts from both front tires then actually lift up the car to remove the tranny and clutch housing…

already sounds like alot of work…

it is alot of work. may wanna check out mazdas247.com. good site with lots of info. i just found that site not long ago myself :slight_smile:

[quote=“dazner, post: 740131”]i priced my clutch at 320.00 usd not bad for the year and make and all that but…

chaning a clutch on a front wheel drive can I’ve heard can be a hassle…

you have to remove the suspension and driveshafts from both front tires then actually lift up the car to remove the tranny and clutch housing…

already sounds like alot of work…[/quote]

Yep, and 300 dollars in labor is the general cost, depending on the hourly rate of said mechanic.

The new clutch in my Escort cost me 600 bones. It doesn’t sound like he’s trying to rip you off.

If you know what you’re doing, all you’d have to do is pull the trans apart from the engine. I’ve heard of FWD clutches get changed out with everything still in the car.

with a clutch i think its best left topeople who do it daily…they have the tools and equipment etc…then you’ll know its not going to pack up on you

yeah and you get warranty too…i guess…thanks…:wink:

Sorry I was raised around cars and if you have to ask how to change out the clutch you should not be the one to fix it.

But yea $600 is not that bad price to do the work for you. Only thing I would ask is where they are getting the cluth from and the price and ask if you buy the clutch, from where ever you find a good price, will they install and just charge labor.

Well Sweetie…

I’ve been raised around cars too but muscle…American that is…

But these Imports I have no idea on…

This was the first time I heard that you need to take off the suspension to get to the driveshafts…

on my 1987 Chevy Camaro (which I changed my clutch on) it was right under neath the middle of the car no need to remove anything but my exhaust and tranny itself…

but I get your point…

[quote=“AnitaBeer, post: 740136”]Sorry I was raised around cars and if you have to ask how to change out the clutch you should not be the one to fix it.

But yea $600 is not that bad price to do the work for you. Only thing I would ask is where they are getting the cluth from and the price and ask if you buy the clutch, from where ever you find a good price, will they install and just charge labor.[/quote]

Well, everyone has to start somewhere. You can’t be born into knowing how to change a clutch. Better to ask and learn than to just do it and fuck it up by assuming, right?

Most mechanics won’t ‘guarantee’ the work or have any warrenty on their work if you give them a clutch to install.

depending on the age of the car…i’d be tempted to find someone in the trade who’d do it on the side for cash in hand

dont do it yourself, take it to a shop.

[quote=“dazner, post: 740137”]

This was the first time I heard that you need to take off the suspension to get to the driveshafts…

on my 1987 Chevy Camaro (which I changed my clutch on) it was right under neath the middle of the car no need to remove anything but my exhaust and tranny itself…

but I get your point…[/quote]

They are called “transaxles” not driveshafts and yes you pretty much have to disassemble the front end to get to the clutch. Which if you look into the engine bay you will also discover, unlike your Camaro. you can’t work on the engine in the engine bay, you got to drop it below the car.

lol werd. I’d never want to even attempt changing spark plugs on a Crap-maro. :ninja

I can have it done in 5 minutes on my Civic.

it doesn’t take long on my camaro either…

maybe 10 max… :wink:

[quote=“TheOriginalJames, post: 740142”]lol werd. I’d never want to even attempt changing spark plugs on a Crap-maro. :ninja

I can have it done in 5 minutes on my Civic.[/quote]

try changing plugs on a ford 5.4. whoops, there goes porcelain into the cylinder. time to helicoil!!!

damn that sucks…well goodluck… :smiley:

[quote=“TheOriginalJames, post: 740138”]Well, everyone has to start somewhere. You can’t be born into knowing how to change a clutch. Better to ask and learn than to just do it and fuck it up by assuming, right?

Most mechanics won’t ‘guarantee’ the work or have any warrenty on their work if you give them a clutch to install.[/quote]

Learning is one thing, but that takes time. NOT a quick tell me how to do this and I’m gonna try. I give props to someone of course who would want to if it works out in the end. I learned how to install a tranny by just watching and helping. But it was along side someone who knew what they were doing. No way I would have attempted without help especially since it was on a freaking Honda and it was a BIOTCH to get to.

And there’s a reason why I said to ask the mechanic if they would install a part he found elsewhere. Obviously if he would buy a used one seperately and have a mechanic install it he would know he’s not getting a warranty on a used part. Well I’d certainly hope not (some exclusions apply as some refurbished parts have some warranty). BUT if it’s a brand new part and he buys it from a different parts store than where the mechanics shop gets it he could still, very well, get the typical warranty. I’ve done this many times with mechanics. You just have to ask to know for sure what they are willing to do for you.

believe her she means business… :frowning: