How much does the average clutch job cost?

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  1. BD2003

    BD2003 Lifer

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    My normal mechanic quoted me $260 for parts and $550 for labor, including flywheel resurfacing. Seems a little high. Whats the going rate for a replacement?

    Car is a 2000 Celica GT-S.
     
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    Zenmervolt Supermoderator<br>The Garage<br>Elite member

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    5.5 hours for labor doesn't sound too bad. Parts-wise it looks good to me if it includes everything (clutch, pressure plate, throwout bearing, flywheel bolts).

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    overst33r Diamond Member

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    Buy your own parts online. I would say his price is slightly high, but reasonable considering it is FWD and will take some time...
     
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    $800 was what it cost me to replace my clutch at 90k miles in my integra
     
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    Sounds about right but as mariok suggested, you can probably save on the parts.

    How many miles?

    I had 120K on my Integra with the original clutch and it was still pretty strong.
     
  6. BD2003

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    Its at about 98k and I drive a lot of city miles. Its started slipping, so it's time has definitely come.

    The parts include everything needed for the replacement and the resurfacing I know the mechanic well enough to know he's not going to screw me, but 5.5 hours seems like a really long time for it though? I've considered buying my own parts, but I'm worried I might not get the right thing or not get everything needed.

    But general consensus is sounds about right? I dunno why I thought it would be any cheaper...
     
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    imported_K3N Golden Member

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    when it comes to replacing the clutch it takes along time compared to other parts like brake. If you were to do it yourself it would probably take you all day and you could risk messing up your car..
     
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    The clutch is really buried. 5.5 hours isn't hard to believe. In my car it's even worse, but MR2s are notoriously difficult to service. I was getting quotes from $800-1500. I ended up doing it myself for the cost of parts, but it took BLOODY AGES and I ended up dropping the whole engine.
     
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    That's a fair price.

     
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    My friend recently got a new clutch in his Ranger with 4wd. It was around $1k, so that seems pretty reasonable.
     
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    Sounds about right. My clutch cost $275 in parts and a saturday under my car in labor.
     
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    Fair price. I would also recommend letting the mechanic supply the parts....if they give any trouble, he'll likely warranty any parts he provided. If you provide the parts, you'll be to pay him to do the work again, and the parts store will not reimburse you. You aren't going to save that much, anyway.
     
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    Yeah, nothing a mechanic likes more that a customer that supplies his own parts. If you came to me with parts, I'd tell you to go ahead and finish the job.
     
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    On a front wheel drive car, that is pretty cheap. I have done clutches
    myself on rear drive RX-7 (1980) and I know how much work that was.
    And front wheel drive is much harder to get to. Make sure he installs
    New Throwout Bearing and a New Pilot Bearing .. also if the clutch has
    a Hydraulic Slave Cylinder, have it rebuilt and Flush the Clutch fluid.
    It is the same as brake fluid and absorbs moisture with time.
     
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    AMCRambler Diamond Member

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    New clutch on a front wheel drive in 5.5 hours. That sounds pretty damn quick to me. Don't you have to drop the engine so that you can separate the tranny from the block? That seems pretty involved to me.
     
  16. bruceb

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    Not on all cars ... on my GM Grand Prix they took out the transmission
    an automatic, without touching the engine. Just lower the transmission
    cradle. But it does need to be on a shop post type lift as it is next to
    impossible in a driveway.
     
  17. exdeath

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    FWD cars involve removing the transmission side wheel hub and brake assembly and axle so that you can separate the transmission from the engine and get to the clutch (think of the axles on either side, fixed in their wheel hubs "pinching" the tranny in place and not allowing side to side movement). Not only that but that naturally pulls the other axle out from the other side and leaks 90 weight all over the place.

    Basically you end up tearing down a whole wheel well just to slide the tranny back a few inches. Pretty labor intensive compared to RWD where you just drop the drive shaft and pull the tranny back.

    I'd suggest doing the CV boots too while the axles are out at this point to consolidate labor and save money in the long run.
     
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    If you use a mechanic, make sure they're licensed.. That way if you get faulty parts the store or manuf. would have to pay cost. Been through all this with a transmission.

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