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Posted by MattH on April 27, 2000 at 12:44:36:

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

I've replaced the clutch on these cars:

'87 Thunderbird
'77 Porsche 924
'86 944 turbo
'84 Toyota Pickup

The Porsche 944 was by far the toughest - it takes about 18 hours(!). Most shops charge about $1200 in labor for that one. I've never had to use a lift or a trans carrier. YMMV but in my experience you just need it high enough to clear the tranny. A jack and a helper is all you really need to remove/install the trans. It's probably safer to have all the real stuff but it can be done without damaging yourself or the car.

Good luck!

: 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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