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Clutch Replacement - doing it yourself??? (archive)

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Posted by Steven on April 27, 2000 at 08:52:02:

I have decided to replace the clutch in my 97 M3 myself (it slips during spirited driving). I have ordered the following OEM parts:

Clutch Disk
Pilot Bearing
Pressure Plate
Throwout Bearing
Release Fork

I also have purchased the Bentley E36 service manual
and read and re-read the steps required to complete
this job. I know that I am going to have to remove the exhaust system and heat shields, driveshaft, and transmission. I have several questions to anyone who
may have performed this job on their M3.

Tools: I know I will need a clutch centering tool.
Where is best place to purchase this?
What other special tools will I need?

Parts: Is the list I provided above complete?

Flywheel: Can it be resurfaced? I am hoping that this
step won't be necessary. If it is, where can
I send it to be re-surfaced and re-balanced.
I spoke to a BMW mechanic locally, and he
said that no-one in my area does this and
that it would need to be sent off for this
work to be done. Anyone had to re-surface
their flywheel? The Bentley manual says to
replace the flywheel, but the mechanic
assured me that it can be resurfaced. I
priced the OEM flywheel and it is around

Advice: For anyone who has done this job, can you
provide any tips, tricks, or advice pertaining
to this task?

In preparing to to this, I do have the luxury of time.
The current cluch works fine for everyday driving.
I want to make sure that I am 100% prepared going in
to this as far as parts, tools, and knowledge. Any
advice or experiences anyone can provide is appreciated. After I have completed this task, I will
write a detailed report of my experience and post it
back on the board. I will make sure that all of the
relevant input I get is incorporated into the
post-replacement report. TIA for all responces.

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