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Remove automatic clutch from flywheel

I need to remove the automatic clutch from the flywheel as I want to convert the engine to manual transmission. There are som bolts hidden behind the clutch that looks like XZN or spline. What kind of tool do I need to remove the bolts?


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These are torx bolts, torx sockets can be purchased at any parts store, they come in many different sizes, you most likely have a T-40 size.

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A screw driver and a clipper that you can get at any automobile shop just tell them the car model and year.

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  • mastermind10 Oct 06, 2008

    The good news is: there's a clutch tool that just pries the clutch line out of the slave cylinder. It's a flat piece of metal about 5 inches long and an inch or so wide, with a semicircular cutout at one end. You just stick the cutout between the fitting on the slave cylinder and the clutch line and pry it out. You could use a screwdriver, but I prefer the clutch tool. It's cheap and you don't have to be careful. The bad news is: if you want to get real access to your flywheel, you will have to pull the transmission and the clutch. There's no other way in there. If all you want is to see the flywheel (to check for damage like broken teeth) just pull the starter and look in the hole it came out of. If you do remove your transmission, there's more good news: The manual says you must remove your exhaust system. NOT TRUE. There's room to manuever the transmission out without doing that. You will need a transmission jack. Get one that's tall enough to reach your tranny with the front wheels jacked up (not as easy as it sounds).

  • mastermind10 Oct 06, 2008

    apparently there are 4 bolts at the flywheel end inside the clutch housing. You must remove the gearbox from the engine to access them! good luck all



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