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Anyone replaced their own clutch?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by bobwilson1977, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. Jan 14, 2009 at 3:20 PM
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    bobwilson1977

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    I've got a 96' tacoma 4 banger with a 5 speed manual. 216,000 miles, original clutch. Well the clutch is going bad and I have two choices: replace it myself or have someone else do it. I'm pretty handy, but I don't know if I have all the right tools to do the job. No air/impact wrench or what not. Just typical mechanic's tools. I realize that you have to drop the tranny to do it. I have no lift, which might also be a problem. How much am I looking at if I have ot done professionally?
     
  2. Jan 14, 2009 at 3:31 PM
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    chris4x4

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    Should only be about $200.00 to have the clutch replaced.
     
  3. Jan 14, 2009 at 3:31 PM
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    chris4x4

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    And you can use a floor jack to drop the tranny. :)
     
  4. Jan 14, 2009 at 3:34 PM
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    If it was me, I would do it myself. I did mine on an old Datsun 260Z. You don't have a transfer case to mess with, and unless you are pulling the flywheel off to have it surfaced then you don't really need air tools. Pull the driveshaft,(after you make a reference mark) use a floor jack to support the transmission, use clutch alignment tool install pressure plate clutch, throwout berring and use a new pilot berring, just re assemble, have a friend help with the heavy parts, I did mine in my garage, don't know about the cost, look around on the parts co$$t it's an easy-ish job with basic tools and a free afternoon. Plus, when you're done, a satisfied feeling knowing you did it yourself.
     
  5. Jan 14, 2009 at 3:57 PM
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    Clutch and tranny in one night!!!
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  6. Jan 14, 2009 at 4:03 PM
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    HMM. my buddy Tim (I think he registered on here as Timicha) has a 97 Tacoma 4cyl and the clutch went out a week ago. cost him $800 to get it replaced! Seemed pretty damn steep to me. Think he got taken on that?
     
  7. Jan 14, 2009 at 4:05 PM
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    i hade like 180 for a clutch kit..... But i did all the work my self...... With a shop's laybor that might be about right imo....
     
  8. Jan 15, 2009 at 3:45 AM
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    I assume you're not counting labor in your estimate if you have the dealership do it? It'll be way more than that to have them do it. You should spend a little less than $200 on a good clutch kit alone. I've replaced the clutch in 2 of my Toyota 5spd trucks and would recommend using a transmission jack. You can rent one from most rental stores for like $20 and it will save you a bunch of time. My first one I just used a floor jack, jack stands, wood blocks, etc., and it was a pain in the ass. The second truck I used a transmission jack that my uncle had and it cut the time in half. You don't need and air wrench (but it is helpful). If you're pretty good with basic tools then you should be able to do it.
     
  9. Jan 15, 2009 at 7:05 AM
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    I was just guessing at the labor cost. I figured it takes about 2 hours. Yeah, a dealer would charge MUCH more.
     
  10. Jan 15, 2009 at 7:47 AM
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    It took me 4 hrs to get mine out and about two to put it back in. Keep in mind, I did it in my garage with out a lift by myself. Some of that time included changing a bad u-joint also.
     
  11. Jan 15, 2009 at 8:00 AM
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    Well, doesn't sound like its too big of a pain to do myself. How hard is it to get the old clutch off? This one is the original clutch so I imagine its stuck on there pretty good. Also- if I don't resurface the flywheel, I assume the new clutch will have to seat itself before it gains full traction?
     
  12. Jan 15, 2009 at 8:26 AM
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    Clutch plate comes off pretty easy. The hard part is going to be seperating the tranny for the motor. They tend to stick together. It requires a lot of wiggling, patience, a pry bar or two, beer, and a few of your favorite choice words said in succession.

    Order of operations.

    1. Disconnect battery
    2. Chaulk rear wheels and/or engage e-brake
    3. Remove shifter
    4. Remove starter and the clutch cylinder. DO NOT PRESS THE CLUTCH PEDAL WITH THE CYLINDER UNBOLTED!!!
    5. a.Remove drive shaft from tranny and transfer case.
    b. It may be easier to remove transfer case from tranny for weight purposes if doing this by yourself
    6. Disconnect electrical connections to tranny
    7. Remove bolts from bell housing
    8. This is where the beer and choice words come in. Drop the tranny like it is hot. (have a support ready, like a jack and some wood)
    9. Unbolt the clutch plate. the clutch disc just sets in there. The plate is what holds it in. So it may want to fall out of there.
    10. The clutch kit will came with a plastic alignment tool. You will need to hold the disc up to the flywheel with this tool and slide it into the pilot bearing (kit should come with one of those too). Then bolt the plate back on. Once you have the plate torqued down, you can remove the tool.
    11. The throw-out bearing will be on the tranny shaft (kinky isn't it?). The fork is held into the bearing with some spring clips built into the bearing. It is pretty self explanitory. You will see.
    12. Simply reverse the process and viola- new clutch.

    If all else fails, purchase a Haynes manual. It will be easier to understand than my jibberish.

    You can purchase a new fly wheel if need be. I think you will need twelve point sockets to get those bolts off.

    I miss anything guys?
     
  13. Jan 15, 2009 at 10:07 PM
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    ive changed the one on my 95 and also on my buddys 88 toy, so easy, no air tools required but to remove the flywheel for replacing or resurfacing it would be easier, you will need a pretty long extension to reach the two bolts on the top of the tranny and possibly a ujoint/knuckle. you will also need a special tool to remove the pilot bearing as well. spend a couple hundred bucks on the clutch, resurfacing the flywheel should cost under fourty bucks. some kits come with the centering tool. its worth the savings to do it yourself
    http://store.summitracing.com/partdetail.asp?autofilter=1&part=ZZZ%2DMU70116%2D1A&N=700+4294924746+4294907680+4294907573+4294839354+4294888959+4294925134+4294865886+400409+4294865898+4294897966+115&autoview=sku
     
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