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Replacing a clutch

I'm thinking of purchasing a 88 camaro and wanted to know how much it costs to replace the clutch or if it's easy enough if I can replace it myself?

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  • sheena_zaidi Jan 23, 2009

    I've never replaced a clutch before, I've done small things like oil changes, tire changes, spark plugs, head gasket, oil gasket, nothing major but I'd like to believe I'm a fast learner is there like step by step guide somewhere? Or maybe photos of what needs to be done? Could you write me a quick step by step? I'd love you forever.

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Hello;
First congratulations on buying a camaro. If you have the clutch replaced, cost is in the $500. range. Can you do it yourself depends on several factors. The transmission weighs around 75 pounds. Do yo have a hoist or going to do it on the ground? Are you mechanically inclined enogh to tackle the job? It is an easy straight forward job if you know what you are doing or can have someone help.
Let me kow if you have other questiions regarding this. I have done a lot of clutchs so I can answer your questions quickly.
Thanks;
Rich
RPM Northwest

Posted on Jan 23, 2009

  • Rich Palmer Jan 23, 2009

    Hello;

    Glad to hear you are willing. First, get yourself a Chiltons or Haynes vehicle specific manual. These are prety good and have good pictures. Then jack up and support the vehicle safely. I am going to assume that you know what components are what.

    From inside the car, remove the shifter. May have to remove console if equiped and then access the four bolts that hold the shifter in place. Set off to side.

    Remove the bolts that hold the straps on the cups of the rear universal joint. Push the shaft forward then down and out. You will get fluid from trans at this point.

    Next remove the bolts that are attached to the rear cross member. 2 bolts on each side, 2 for the mount, disconnect the speedo and any wires attached to trans.

    Before you pull the crossmember, remove the distributor cap for clearance.

    Disconnect the hydraulic clutch assembly.

    Jack up the transmission, rermove the cross member. Be sure you know which way is left and front. They only go in one way. Lower the transmission to gain access to the top bolts.

    Remove the dust cover in front of the bell housing.

    Remove the 6 bell housing bolts, make sure that the jack is under the transmission so it does not fall on you. Pull the transmission out of the clutch and down . Then out from the car.

    Remove the 6 bolts holding the clutch assembly in place.

    Remove clutch assembly. Inspect flywheel for wear. Needs to be flat and smooth, if not, remove the 6 bolts and pull flywheel off and get it turned. A machine shop can do this for you. Next inspect the pilot bushing. It is in the center of the crank. Replace if needed.

    Clean everything up and match your parts. Make sure the clutch is right. Spend the money on a good quality clutch. Match the throw out bearing for the correct lenght as well. Change your throwout bearing and be sure it slides on the front bearing retainer collar.

    Remount flywheel if removed and torque the bolts to 65 ft. Lbs.



    Take your pressure plate and clutch disc and put them on the flywheel. Make sure the clutch disc is the right direction. It will have a tag or mark for flywheel side. Start the 6 bolts on the clutch. Insert the alignment tool , make certain it is centered. Tighten alternately the bolts to draw the pressure plate down evenly.

    Remove alignment tool.

    Very lightly lube the nose of the shaft where it enters the pilot bushing.

    Reinstall and tighten all your bolts. Refill fluid in trans and road test. You did it.

    If you run into trouble get help. I am not responsible here. Best of luck to you.

    Thanks;

    Rich

    RPM Northwest

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