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Old 20 Mar 2008, 01:16 am
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Default What is a good price for a Clutch kit?

I have a 98 Honda Civic EX 2 door and the clutch is starting to make noise..I was told by my very trusted mechanic that the thrust bearing(not sure if this actual term..maybe release bearing??) is worn. The car has 131,000 miles on the orginal clutch. I knew it was going to have to be relplaced eventually because they don't last forever, and I know it's an expensive fix, but what is a "good" price for a clutch assembly kit? This couldn't occur at a more inopportune time...Murphy's law..I pay off the car in 4 months. Also, how long do you think I can go before the clutch gets too bad to drive? Right now it just makes a lite grinding like vibration when the pedal is out, but the sound goes away when pedal is pushed in.There are no shifting problems, no slipping, no need for double clutching. The car over all runs like it has 30,000 miles. Any help from you gear heads out there would be greatly appreciated!! =)
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Old 20 Mar 2008, 01:31 am
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A good QUALITY kit will cost you $180 - $220.
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Old 20 Mar 2008, 01:46 am
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You should be able to get a decent clutch kit for under 150 for a civic but labor is what's gonna cost ya. Clutches aren't really hard to replace, I'd see if you can find a friend to help you install it. Also, the more you pay for the kit, the longer it will probably last.
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Yeah thy call it the PRESSURE PLATE ,THROUGHOUT BEARING and CLUTCH they all should be done at the same time..If it is just the through out bearing sometimes it will last a long time,just some noise.I wouldn't hold it in at the lights,put it in neutral instead...
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$100 for the actual clutch kit is a resonable price but that doesnt include labour....mechanics usualy charge $60 an hour on labourI have had my toyota for over 10 years and still have the original clutch in it.. she is a 79 model n never had to change the clutch shes the first car I ever got and dont want to give her up...\
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Old 20 Mar 2008, 02:31 am
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the price of the clutch can vary, the clutch in my car cost me about 1000, but i also have a stage 5 racing clutch. If your just doing a stock honda clutch dont expect to spend more then 250 for the part, and prolly another 5-600 in labor to have it done since doing a clutch in fwd cars is a time consuming task and should be left to someone who knows exactly what theyre doing
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I did some research for you and I found two websites on line that will include everything you need. "clutch kit" - Contains Clutch Disc, Cover Assembly (pressure plate), Release Bearing (throw out bearing), Pilot Bearing/Bushing & Alignment Tool; Cover. AdvancedAutoParts.com - $132.88 using my zip codeAutozone.com - 162.99 using my zip codeInstallation shouldn't cost too much, I estimate around $250-$300 at a shop and that is getting your flywheel resurfaced as well.As for how long you car will last without installing a new clutch? Hard to say. Depends on your driving habits and how bad the bearing is. I will tell you that when it goes, your car won't. LOL Just get it fixed a.s.a.p.
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from the sounds of it yea i would replace the clutch you can get a good clutch for between 140-180 in my case i always got the excedy clutches for around $280 because they are more reliable for race cars so i know at standard driving levels they will last pretty long. every clutch kit comes with the clutch, pressure place, throw out bearing, and alignment tool. when you do the change also check your flywheel make sure it doesnt need to be resurfaced. the work isnt hard you drop the tranny and everything is there on the engine. i would do it myself so it wouldnt come out to expensive. find a friend to do it and it will come out cheaper its not that hard its should be 13 bolts from tranny to block. and the tranny mount, lift the car and lower the tranny, then remove the clutch, and check the flywheel. even if its in good condition i would resurface the flywheel either way. if you need anymore help email me at requiem_racing@yahoo.com and ill see how i can help.
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do not cheap out on a clutch kit, because it will come back to you.spend about 200-300
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I bought a clutch kit (includes disc, bearing, and pressure plate) for about $100 and a new flywheel for about $100 from the local auto parts store.No labor charges since I replaced it myself but sure is a challenge if you don't have a transmission jack.If you don't smell any burnt clutch or hear squeaking/grinding when you feel your clutch disc engage with the flywheel, then you should last several thousand miles more.If you want to reduce some of the noise and help your bearing last a little longer without replacing or taking apart your transmission, I would recommend reaching inside with a hangar wire and dabble some grease to the bearings and other parts inside the transmission.You just need to remove 2 bolts that hold your slave clutch cylinder and remove the rubber cover to expose the clutch fork. Apply some grease onto the clutch fork inside the dimple and reach inside to put some grease into the base of the clutch fork, spindle, and bearing. This area dries out after long periods and can help if you lubricate these contact parts.Good luck!
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