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

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Posted by John on April 27, 2000 at 09:02:37:

In Reply to: Clutch Replacement - doing it yourself??? posted by Steven on April 27, 2000 at 08:52:02:

Have you ever done a clutch in any car before?
You should have a lift and also another person as the tranny is not exactly light. Other than that as long as you have good mechanical skills you should be ok. If you are doing this you should have just gotten a light flywheel and a HD clutch.


: 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
: $700.

: 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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