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need to do a clutch is it worth it to pay to get it put in?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by MaTt98, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. Mar 7, 2011 at 11:25 PM
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    MaTt98

    MaTt98 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    so im going to do a new clutch this week but should i fork out the cash or do it myself? ill be doing it when i get off work so that limits me to around 5 hours and i have a buddy that can turn the flywheel. is it a really hard job or is it fairly easy?
     
  2. Mar 8, 2011 at 4:51 AM
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    StAndrew

    StAndrew Wait for it...

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    Its all relative to your abilities, tools, and experience. My buddy and I found it very hard to change the clutch in his old Nissan 240, however, many advanced mechanics are able to do it in a snip.

    If you have a reasonable amount of experience, I would say its not easy, but it can be done with a bit of swearing and elbow grease. Def worth avoid the $100-200/hr fee at the dealer.
     
  3. Mar 8, 2011 at 4:25 PM
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    pick yourself up a haynes repair manual if you do decide to do it yourself. theres some real helpful shit in there. theyre only around 20$ i think.
    [​IMG]
     
  4. Mar 8, 2011 at 4:27 PM
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    bunch of crap
    imho if ur wondering weather u can do it or not.... let someone who knows how do it.
     
  5. Mar 8, 2011 at 4:30 PM
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    Ive helped do it twice on a 93' toyota. I cant imagine its much different then the 1st gen tacoma. As long as you are somewhat mechanically inclined and have a floor jack and some tools its pretty easy. Ive never had to turn the flywheel. Ive done probably 4 or 5 clutches on different vehicles and its usually just a clutch assembly and throw out bearing install. Really pretty easy, just awkward working under the truck and it will be easier with 2 people. Just make sure your clutch comes with an alignment tool or you borrow one. Its just plastic but it makes the job a lot easier.
     
  6. Mar 8, 2011 at 4:49 PM
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    do it yourself. if you know of someone with a two-post lift.......... SEE IF YOU CAN USE IT!!!! it helps trememdously. it's better than manhandling a tranny/transfer case on the ground with no room. but, its up to you. I did mine myself and will never let anyone else do it since I know what it entails now.
     
  7. Mar 8, 2011 at 5:46 PM
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    This... ^
     
  8. Mar 8, 2011 at 5:50 PM
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    Me and a buddy did mine three times in a month ( long story) but it was pretty easy once we figured out where all the bolts were. Now we rented a tranny jack from united rentals which helped out very much... If your a 4x4 you will want the jack... the TC is a PITA to deal with without. But by the third time we had it out and back in in about 2.5-3 hours.
     
  9. Mar 8, 2011 at 10:19 PM
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    my dads got a tranny jack and im fairly mechanicly inclined so i think ill just do it myself thanks for the input guys and ill deffinatly pick up a manual i work at a auto parts store so itll be cheap =)
     
  10. Mar 9, 2011 at 3:08 AM
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    whats the average cost for a clutch install?
     
  11. Mar 9, 2011 at 8:10 AM
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    My local Toyota Stealership wanted $1100 big ones... the parts only cost $280. I saved $820 by doing it myself. Damn toyota rips you off in labor but the going shop labor rates around here is $75-$150/hr.
     
  12. Mar 9, 2011 at 10:04 AM
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    the lowest i found was 375 and the highest was 1200 lol i got the clutch for 180 with my discount so those were just labor prices
     
  13. Mar 9, 2011 at 3:55 PM
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    Yea they $820 was allllll labor... what a rip off for someone who knows how to do the work them self.
     
  14. Mar 9, 2011 at 10:22 PM
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    yeah the book said that it should be a five hour job so most shops think they need $100+ an hour? i think not ill do it myself thanks for the input sucks that some people are such crooks though
     
  15. Mar 10, 2011 at 5:09 AM
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    i'd only do it if i had access to a lift. ....doing it on the ground or using jackstands would be a pain in the ass.
     
  16. Mar 10, 2011 at 4:14 PM
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    Yes a lift would be nice but with our jack and my trucks lift there was plenty of room to work with no issues.
     
  17. Mar 10, 2011 at 4:15 PM
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    I just noticed your in Oregon, where is central point? Im basically in portland
     
  18. Mar 11, 2011 at 4:52 PM
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    its by medford or ashland
     
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