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Re: Replacing a clutch
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.
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These items normallly are sold in a kit (except the alternator belt which should cost about $20 for house brand or $30 for a good one). The kit should run about $175. You may want to consider also purchasing and replacing the water pump while you have items removed from the engine compartment because you have easy access and it saves about 45 minutes of time should the part ever fail later. That part with gasket would cost an estimated additional $50.
about £300 is about right,but if you buy quintin hazel complete kit,any competant diy mech can do the job. only dont get the brother in law to do it,i have fixed more cars because they think its easy......yeh, to take it apart is....
That ticking is usually a loose rocker arm. Use a mechanic stethoscope and you will find which one needs adjusting or replacing. A push rod may be partially clogged and caused excessive wear. Older vehicles which have been in storage often have oil leaks and related. This happens if the vehicle has not been started on a regular basis. Nonuse causes seals and gasgets to dry and shrink so be aware and look for leaks.
I think your best option is to ask if the owner will bring it to a shop of your choice to have it thoroughly inspected. An honest approach is always the best for all parties involved. Depending where you are purchasing a car, a 98 legacy with a manual gearbox is much more rare than an automatic. Use your mechanic's report as a basis for negotiation if this is the car you really want to purchase. The clutch parts will alone cost $300 and plan on an additional $100 to machine the flywheel. This, with anything else a trusted eye sees in need of repair, is the wisest way to move forward. Good luck.