Saturn SC Clutch Replacement Cost
How Much Does a Clutch Replacement Cost?
Clutch Replacement Service and Cost
The clutch disc is a friction disc that is squeezed between the clutch pressure plate and the flywheel when the clutch is engaged. This allows the power (torque) from the engine to be transmitted to the manual transmission. The disc is made of a similar material to brake pads; it eventually wears out and needs to be replaced.
When the clutch is engaged and the vehicle is in gear, power is transmitted from the engine to the transmission. Pressing the clutch pedal disengages the clutch friction disc from the flywheel, momentarily disengaging the engine from the transmission and allowing shifting in and out of gear.
A failed clutch could either slip, shudder, or be unusually difficult to depress. Changing gears may become more difficult. The engine will "rev" but speed will not increase or the vehicle may not move.
It is difficult to impossible to drive with a failed clutch. If the transmission can even be put into gear, the worn disc will not be able to transmit enough torque to move the vehicle.
Replacement intervals vary by vehicle and driving conditions. Similar to brake pads, clutches do not have a recommended replacement mileage. They do wear out, but some will last over 100,000 miles. Manual transmission cars that are driven in heavy traffic, hilly areas, or are more performance oriented may wear their clutches out sooner.
Clutch Replacement Repair Information
The technician will inspect the clutch hydraulics and clutch cable if equipped. Shifting problems may arise from leaking clutch master cylinders, misadjusted clutch cables, or worn pivot arms. If other clutch issues have been ruled out, the transmission will be removed and the clutch, pressure plate, and flywheel will be inspected, and necessary repairs recommended.
The technician will remove the transmission or transaxle from the vehicle. Now accessible, the release bearing, pressure plate, and clutch will be removed from the engine. The flywheel may be removed for resurfacing or replacement, and the pilot bearing will be removed from the rear of the crankshaft. New components will then be installed. After assembly, the technician will check for proper operation.
Engine oil from the rear main seal or transmission fluid leaks from the input shaft bearing can damage a clutch. When replacing a clutch, any leaks should be diagnosed and repaired to avoid recurring problems. As a preventive measure, it's not uncommon for a shop to recommend replacement of the rear main seal and/or the transmission input shaft seal even when not leaking; it's a good insurance policy against expensive future repairs. Replacement of the release bearing, pilot bearing, clutch fork, and clutch slave cylinder may be recommended as they are removed for this service. Transmission mounts and driveshaft support bearings should also be inspected and replaced as necessary.
Incorrect linkage or cable adjustment, and "riding" the clutch (resting one's foot on the clutch pedal, not allowing the clutch to release completely) can cause premature clutch failure. Some high end vehicle's will have what's called a "Dual Mass Flywheel" that is considerably more expensive due to design. This sort of flywheel cannot be resurfaced and if significantly worn or damaged will need to be replaced.
Repairing your own car is an extremely rewarding process that can also save you money. But before you dive in, it’s important to be sure the issue has been properly diagnosed. Seemingly obvious symptoms can lead the inexperienced down a rabbit hole of replacing parts that don’t fix the problem. Proper diagnosis can save more money than guessing at what’s broken! If you're unsure you have the right tools or experience to diagnose a problem, consider reaching out to a RepairPal Certified Shop. Clutch replacement is a job for an experienced technician. Transmission removal is required, and special tools are often needed for removal and seating of the new clutch components.