The signs that should alert you
The clutch is one of the most important parts of your car. The wear and the malfunction of this element can be dangerous for your driving. Indeed, it is necessary to replace your clutch kit regularly. Here are the signs of a worn clutch that should alert you:
- The clutch pedal hardens and does not fully depress when you press it;
- You have difficulty shifting gears;
- Your clutch slips when starting;
- Your hear rubbing noises when you press your clutch pedal;
- Your car jerks when you start.
The material you need
If you have some mechanical knowledge and are a handyman, you can change the clutch yourself. Doing this allows you to spend less on maintenance and repair costs. Indeed, the clutch kit costs between 250 and 1,100 euros. If you use a professional, you will have to pay the cost of labor on top of that. Thus, you will add between 75 and 600 euros for the fees of the mechanic. To replace your clutch you will need:
- A clutch kit;
- A new flywheel;
- A toolbox;
- Protective glasses;
- Protective gloves.
Steps to follow to change a clutch
The clutch change can take you between 3 and 6 hours. To do it yourself, you need to follow 6 steps. If you experience difficulties or lack mechanical knowledge, it is advisable to contact a mechanic or garage. Indeed, it is a very technical procedure which requires a certain know-how.
Disconnect the battery from your car
The first step is to raise your car on jack stands. Then disconnect your battery by unplugging the black colored negative pole. Make sure your battery is properly disconnected before proceeding to the next step.
Remove the transmission shaft then the starter
After disconnecting the battery from your vehicle, carefully remove your clutch cables and the speedometer cable. When removing the propeller shaft and starter, be careful not to disconnect any cables from the engine crankcase. After you have unplugged everything, you can remove your starter.
Remove the clutch to be changed
The third step is to remove the worn clutch. To do this, you have to loosen the bolts that secure it one by one. Then remove it from its socket. This step requires a lot of delicacy. If you force too much, you risk damaging other parts around that area.
Remove the flywheel and your clutch disc
Once the clutch is removed, disassociate the clutch disc from the plate by removing its nuts. Then, remove the flywheel which you will also replace.
Fit your new clutch
After completing these 4 steps, all you have to do is assemble your new clutch kit. After installing the clutch, thrust bearing and disc, you need to reassemble the starter motor and propeller shaft. Then connect the cables to the housing. Finally, reconnect your battery.
Test your new clutch
In order to check if your installation is successful, start your car and drive for a short trip. Make sure you no longer hear the rubbing noise. Your new clutch should also be flexible.