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Re: Difficult to replace a clutch? (archive)

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Posted by Tim in MD on April 28, 2000 at 10:36:57:

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

: Anyboby out there with first time experience doing a clutch replacement care to comment?

I did an engine swap in my Porsche 914 last summer (first-timer on that exercise) and since the clutch was pretty fresh on the old engine I swapped it on in place of the spent clutch on the "new" engine. Definitely get a manual--there can be esoteric stuff like in which order to tighten the bolts on the pressure plate that you wouldn't know otherwise. Overall, though, it was a pretty stress-free exercise. The right tools for the job are key...clutch alignment tool (cheap), flywheel lock if a 2002 needs that, torque wrench, correct size sockets and a breaker bar are what I used. Assemble all the bits you'll need before you start, you'll thank yourself later. Definitely wouldn't pay $1000 for the the $200 in parts, maybe $75 in tools if you have *nothing* already, and take yourself out to dinner. Far less expensive.

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