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D.I.Y Changing Your Own Clutch

Updated on June 15, 2014

Flywheel-Clutch-Pressure Plate

The Clutch

The Clutch in a vehicle is an important instrument. The Clutch is situated in between the Flywheel and Pressure plate and is used to assist the changing of gears. The Flywheel is connected to the engine then you have the Clutch plate and then the Pressure plate. When you push the Clutch pedal in the vehicle it pushes on a release bearing also known as a throw bearing. The release bearing then pushes in on the centre of the Pressure plate which releases the Clutch plate from the Flywheel. This action allows you to change gears in your vehicle.

New Clutch Left Worn On Right

Diagnosing A Worn Clutch

When a Clutch is starting to wear its quite easy to notice. If your taking off from a junction or even pulling off from your house and you notice your engine revving up more than usual or your rev counter goes right up when the vehicle is not moving much then I'm afraid its your clutch. How you can diagnose the problem more is park your vehicle at the bottom of a hill and take off driving up the hill in low gears and you will notice it even more.

A worn Clutch is when the Clutch plate has gone thin and cant grip the Pressure plate any more which means it cant keep up with the speed of the engine hence the engine revs.A worn Clutch will also give out a burning smell in some cases.

Buying A Cutch

Personally i think your best off buying your Clutch on line.When you buy the Clutch on line you get it much cheaper and you get it in around the same amount of time as it takes your parts store to order it and have it delivered. There are a number of sites on line where you can buy the same quality parts at half the price. Amazon are even selling Clutches now for much cheaper and they give fast delivery. Click on here and check them out Amazon

Or you could always hop on over to Ebay and check out the auctions and see if you can pick one up even cheaper. If your looking for that bargain and can wait til the end of an auction then the site for you is Ebay.

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Removing Your Clutch

If you cant afford to pay a mechanic to purchase your Clutch then spend Two or Three days fixing it and then to top it off handing you a big bill after Vat for doing all this then why not fix it yourself.I will go through a step by step guide to help you.

Step 1. Purchase your new Clutch Ebay is a good source for a Clutch for any vehicle.

Step 2. You need to jack your vehicle up and place jack stands under it. Or you might be lucky and have a pit or lift.

Step 3. You need to take off the two front wheels of the vehicle.

Step 4. Loosen the drive shaft nuts on each wheel. These are the big nuts in the centre of the disc.

Step 5. Remove suspension bolts and steering track rod end. This allows you room to take the drive shaft out of the hub.

Step 6. Check to see what way your drive shafts are held on to the gearbox as there are two different ways. One way is six studs and the other is directly inserted into the box. In the case of the directly inserted drive shafts you have to drain the gear oil first. This is done to save oil leaking out when the drives are removed.

Step 7. Remove the drive shafts from the gearbox. In the case of a bolted on drive shaft just remove the bolts. In the case of the shafts been directly in the box just put a pull bar in between the shaft and the gearbox and separate them. Their held in by a c clip inside and should come apart easy enough.

Step 8. Remove the battery connectors from the battery. Then remove the starter motor from the gearbox.

Step 9. Jack up the engine a bit so that when you start taking studs and a mount off it doesn't fall.

Step 10. Remove all the studs around the gearbox that are holding it and the engine together.Remove all wires and connectors around the gearbox

Step 11. Place a lever in between the gearbox and engine and split them apart.Now drop the gearbox down out of your way.Once this is done you will see the Pressure plate.

Step 12. The Pressure plate is held on by six to eight studs around the outside of it. Loosen these and remove. As your doing this you will notice the Clutch starting to move inside as it will fall out once the Pressure plate is removed.

That's your Clutch out now to put in the new Clutch.

Inserting New Clutch

Inserting the new Clutch is handy enough.

Step 1. Clean around the Flywheel and inside the gearbox because there will be dust from the old burnt clutch and it can cause your new one to slip again.

Step 2. Get sandpaper and run it around the Flywheel. This is to add a slight bit of roughness for grip.

Step 3. Remove the release bearing from the gearbox and insert the new one in its place. It should just pop out. This comes in the Clutch kit.

Step 4. Place your Clutch on the pressure plate right side up and place it up against the Flywheel.Put your studs back in around the Pressure plate now to hold it in place. Once in place you need to tighten the studs a turn at a time going from stud to stud. While tightening the studs make sure you keep the Clutch center inside the Pressure plate. Repeat this process until the Pressure plate is tightened fully. Please keep in mind you must keep the Clutch centre.

Step 5. Once you have The Pressure plate back on and the clutch centre now you can put the gearbox back on over it. Just lift the gearbox up until the shaft inside it is centre with the Clutch. Once the shaft and Clutch are lined up the gearbox should just slide into place.

Step 6. Once the gearbox is on you can now put your starter motor back on and start putting the gearbox studs back in. Tighten up your studs and plug back in any electrical wires or fitting that you removed.

Step 7. Now you can put your drive shafts back on. If your drive shaft go directly into your gearbox all you need to do is slide them in until you hear a slight click( you might have to use a little force).

Step 8. Once the drive shafts are back in the gearbox properly you can now put the outer Cv joint back into the hub.Once that's done you can now put the track rod end back on and attach the suspension again and tighten them all up.Then you can put your wheels back on.

Step 9. If you had to drain the gearbox DON'T forget to refill the gearbox.

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