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First Timer here. (long, very long) (archive)

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Posted by Michael S on April 28, 2000 at 10:25:41:

In Reply to: Difficult to replace a clutch? posted by Moecat on April 28, 2000 at 09:06:10:

Admittedly I have not replaced a clutch in a 2002 (yet), but I tackled replacing a clutch (and an entire engine) by myself (though I would definitely recommend having someone help) in a Toyota Landcruiser and a Jeep Cherokee and, let's face it, the premise is the same. I'd definitely have a book on 02's handy in case there are certain little quirks that you have to pay attention to (like the guibo).

If you have a place where you can get the car up into the air so that you can maneuver under it then you can do this job. Fortunately on the Landcruiser I had a 3" lift kit with 33in tires which placed it pretty high off the ground. Get everything you need prior to reinstalling it. Contact a mechanic to have your flywheel resurfaced (don't skip on this point) it should cost around $40. You'll need a clutch alignment tool (especially since you are a first timer) experienced mechs may be able to line it up without one, but spend the couple dollars and do it right. This will align the clutch on the flywheel correctly.

Once your car is in the air (on drive up ramps or what have you - it definitely helps to have it up level (meaning don't just jack the front of the car and leave the rear tires on the ground), you'll need two floor jacks. One will support the engine and the other you'll use to remove the tranny (you can, if you're feeling froggy, get the tranny out without using a floor jack (I did it in the Land Cruiser) but they weigh 65lbs and if you drop it, you're screwed. Make sure you keep the engine supported, once you unbolt the tranny, the weight of the engine will flex your motor mounts and may break them.

After your tranny is out, take the time to clean it up, remove any gunk that's on it, clean off your drive shaft, check your bolts on the drive shaft (damn, I can't remember what the 4-way joint is called that connects your drive shaft to the differential - but check those too and you should probably go ahead and replace them so you don't have to remove the thing again once they go bad).

This is a relatively easy job to do if you have any mech knowledge at all. Believe me - because I had almost no knowledge when I did it and I had no problems. Definitely get a book that will walk you through the process, a case of beer, and a friend.

Good luck

P.S. - $1000 is way, way too much.

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