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OK, at 47K miles, I need a new clutch. How hard is this?

Looking underneath to replace my 4th oil pan, it didn't look that hard unless the cross member has to come out.

My Bentley CDROM is useless since I didn't properly transfer my license when the old computer died. Grrrr...

What say the vast knowledge collected here?

Obviously, I'm way too hard on my cars. I replaced the clutch in my Honda at about 50K miles too. The previous Ford Escort only made it about 35K miles. Maybe I should stop buying manual transmissions. Maybe I should stop side-stepping the clutch. Maybe I should get a bicycle.
 

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You will need to pull both axle and I assume the exhaust.
Not a big problem, I need to replace one CV boot as well. No need to drop cross member? What about hydraulic clutch slave?
 

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i know my garage done my clutch on my v6 and charged 5 hours labour so i recon its not to bad a job dont think the exhaust had to come off

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OK, at 47K miles, I need a new clutch. How hard is this?

Looking underneath to replace my 4th oil pan, it didn't look that hard unless the cross member has to come out.

My Bentley CDROM is useless since I didn't properly transfer my license when the old computer died. Grrrr...

What say the vast knowledge collected here?

Obviously, I'm way too hard on my cars. I replaced the clutch in my Honda at about 50K miles too. The previous Ford Escort only made it about 35K miles. Maybe I should stop buying manual transmissions. Maybe I should stop side-stepping the clutch. Maybe I should get a bicycle.
Wow 47k, 35k, and 50k!!!! You should consider buying Automatics from now on!
 

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Wow 47k, 35k, and 50k!!!! You should consider buying Automatics from now on!
Well, maybe I should.

Got any ideas on clutch replacement though?
 

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clutch replacement really hard labor. First u got to have all the right tools. if u dont have the tools you cant change it. dude u need to learn from the begining how to drive a stick 47k and u need a new clutch thats not good, unless you do burnouts and racing every day. Mechanics do a clutch replacement (the whole thing not just the flywheel) anywhere from $250-$470
last time i changed my clutch the clutch was $170 and $300 labor but you can get a better deal.
 

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clutch replacement really hard labor. First u got to have all the right tools. if u dont have the tools you cant change it. dude u need to learn from the begining how to drive a stick 47k and u need a new clutch thats not good, unless you do burnouts and racing every day. Mechanics do a clutch replacement (the whole thing not just the flywheel) anywhere from $250-$470
last time i changed my clutch the clutch was $170 and $300 labor but you can get a better deal.
Were did you find a stock clutch, pressure plate, bolts, and bearings for 170, also 300 for labor seems low considering you will have 4 hours along just in the removal of the transmission at a minimum. You will also need to have the flywheel resurfaced, and make sure that it still meets specs. I know that SBC will do this for approx 50 dollars+ shipping I believe.
 

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i have a flywheel off of an 02 GLX sedan v6, if you wanted to go the resurfacing route you could have it done and resurfaced before you tore everything apart, less down time... let me know if you'd be interested, i'd love to get rid of it
 

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i have a flywheel off of an 02 GLX sedan v6, if you wanted to go the resurfacing route you could have it done and resurfaced before you tore everything apart, less down time... let me know if you'd be interested, i'd love to get rid of it
Are Passat flywheels resurfaceable? If so, I got a quality guy that can turn it around in a day. Appreciate the though though.
 

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Are Passat flywheels resurfaceable? If so, I got a quality guy that can turn it around in a day. Appreciate the though though.
Can he do dual mass flywheels, they usually need special equipment from what I understand. Also you have to make sure the flywheel is still in spec as far as rotational movement. SBC has an are on their website on how to do this.
 

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clutch replacement really hard labor. First u got to have all the right tools. if u dont have the tools you cant change it. dude u need to learn from the begining how to drive a stick 47k and u need a new clutch thats not good, unless you do burnouts and racing every day. Mechanics do a clutch replacement (the whole thing not just the flywheel) anywhere from $250-$470
last time i changed my clutch the clutch was $170 and $300 labor but you can get a better deal.
Dude, clutch replacement isn't hard labor. Just labor. I got tools unless there is a special tool involved. I'd hate to get half way into a teardown and have to find a tool. No VW dealer within 120 miles.

Dude, I know how to drive a stick. I choose to drive it hard though. You don't want to know how long tires last either I reckon. I've been driving sticks since before you were a fetus probably. I think I can drive them a few more years. I also tow occasionally with this car. It doesn't lead a very easy life.

Just the parts will be $300 shipped. The only competent mechanic in my little town charges about $100/hour. You can imagine that I'd rather do it myself. If its gonna take a week though, I'd have to bit the bullet as I got a real job and other projects in life.

p.s. Vanna White can sell you some y's and o's if you can afford them on your burger flipping salary.
 

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i don't think the guy is tryin to bust your ass, or be one for that matter... there are a couple posts from guys changing their clutch and it is a PITA on the Passats, mine took a day and a half at the mechinic.
 

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Dual mass flywheels are difficult to resurface. When I did the clutch on my 2000 V6 we couldn't resurface the flywheel and had to get a new one to the tune of $1,200 and a few days to bring it in. You could end up stuck without a vehicle if you need to order one once you've got it out.
 

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You have a v6 you will need a 17mm(iirc)(please check to be sure) Hex(Allen) to remove the center axle nut. If you can find it in socket form that would be best. Also you will need triple squares for removing the axle flanges from the transmission. They can be hard to find. I was to about 12 place before I found a place that knew what they were, and could tell me the place that had them, but there cheap at least.
 

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Can he do dual mass flywheels, they usually need special equipment from what I understand. Also you have to make sure the flywheel is still in spec as far as rotational movement. SBC has an are on their website on how to do this.

Don't know. Dual mass would be a new thing for me. I guess I'll go read up. You got a link to the sbc data?
 

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Dual mass flywheels are difficult to resurface. When I did the clutch on my 2000 V6 we couldn't resurface the flywheel and had to get a new one to the tune of $1,200 and a few days to bring it in.
You can get them from ecstuning for alot less, like less then half that, just an fyi for the future.
 
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