Nissan Xterra Clutch Replacement Cost

Know what price you should pay to get your vehicle fixed.

Clutch Replacement
The average cost for a Nissan Xterra clutch replacement is between $980 and $1,097. Labor costs are estimated between $328 and $415 while parts are priced between $652 and $682. Estimate does not include taxes and fees.
Note about price: This service is typically done as part of a bigger, more expensive repair, so the estimate you see above may not represent your total cost. Some of these bigger related repairs are listed in the table below. Talk with a RepairPal Certified shop to learn which repairs may be right for you.
Clutch Replacement

What is a clutch?

A clutch is used in cars with manual transmissions. It transfers the power from the engine to the transmission, allowing the wheels to turn.

How does the clutch work?

When the vehicle is in gear, power is transmitted from the engine through the clutch to the transmission. Pressing the clutch pedal disengages the clutch friction disc from the flywheel, momentarily disconnecting the engine from the transmission and allowing shifting between gears.

What are the symptoms related to a bad clutch?

A failed clutch could slip or shudder, or it could be unusually difficult to press the pedal. Changing gears may become more difficult. The engine will rev but speed will not increase or the vehicle may not move.

Can I drive with a clutch problem?

No, it's usually impossible to drive with a failed clutch. Even if the transmission can be put into gear, the worn clutch disc will not be able to transmit enough torque to move the vehicle.

How often do clutches need to be replaced?

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. 

How are clutch issues diagnosed?

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 repaired as needed.

How is a clutch replaced?

The technician will remove the transmission or transaxle from the vehicle. The release bearing, pressure plate and clutch will then 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. The new components will then be installed, and after assembly, the technician will check for proper operation.

RepairPal recommendations for clutch issues

Engine oil or transmission fluid leaks can damage a clutch. When replacing the 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, the transmission input shaft seal, or other parts, even if they haven't failed. It's a good insurance policy against expensive future repairs. 

Also, when driving, avoid "riding" the clutch — that is, keeping your foot lightly on the pedal. Riding the clutch will wear it out more quickly.

Can I replace the clutch myself?

No, 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.