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Replacing a Clutch Cost


How Much Does Replacing a Clutch Cost?

 
average costDIY Clutch Repair Kits: $100-$800+high costProfessional Clutch Replacement: $400-$3,000+
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The clutch transfers power from the engine to the transmission; pressing the clutch pedal allows the driver to temporarily interrupt this process to stop the vehicle or change gears. The clutch mechanism has four basic components: the flywheel, clutch disc, pressure plate, and the throw-out or release bearing. Vehicles with a hydraulic clutch system also have slave and master cylinders. HowStuffWorks.com has an overview of clutches[1] .

Typical costs:

  • Having a clutch replaced can cost $400-$3,000 or more, depending on the make, model and type of vehicle; whether just the clutch disc needs replacing and the flywheel resurfacing, or if all new parts are needed; whether a hydraulic clutch needs new cylinders; and how difficult it is to access the clutch. CostHelper readers report paying $430-$2,505 to have a clutch replaced, at an average cost of $1,085; the lowest costs reported were for compact cars with work done by local repair shops, and the highest price reported by a reader was for a BMW, with the work done by a dealership.
  • For do-it-yourselfers (the project is considered difficult), individual clutch parts can cost $15-$500 or more and complete clutch repair kits can cost $100-$800 or more, depending on the make and model of vehicle. CostHelper readers reporting paying $45-$250 for DIY clutch replacement, with an average cost of $147.
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What should be included:
  • The process for removing an old clutch and installing a new one varies depending on the make, model and type of vehicle. According to Autos.Yahoo.com[2] , on a rear-wheel drive vehicle, the driveshaft, transmission and bell housing have to be removed from underneath the vehicle to reach the clutch; the process is even more difficult on a front-wheel drive vehicle, because either the engine has to be pulled out or the transaxle dropped, both of which require major disassembly work. To reinstall the transmission, the clutch must be perfectly aligned so the transmission input shaft slips into place after everything has been bolted together.
  • It is important that none of the parts are dropped or damaged during the replacement process, and that the mechanic checks carefully for any leaks or other problems when the work is completed.
  • AutoMD.com describes the general steps for replacing a clutch[3] , rating the project as hard and estimating a do-it-yourself effort takes 11.6 hours. A Miata owner[4] shares his experience replacing the clutch.
Discounts:
  • Some repair shops offer discounts for AAA members[5] .
  • CostHelper readers report paying a total of $321-$785 to buy a clutch kit themselves and then hire a local shop or mechanic to do the work, with an average cost of $534.
Shopping for replacing a clutch:
  • Search for local repair shops through the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence[6] or the International Automotive Technicians Network[7] .
  • Check for any complaints with the Better Business Bureau[8] .
  • Consumer Reports lists tips for finding a good mechanic[9] .
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Fan Clutch Replacement
Amount: $410.00
Posted by: Ms. E. Grey in Mira Loma, CA.Posted: August 27th, 2013 10:08AM
Car Make: 1998 BMWCar Model: 528i
Auto Shop: C & S Auto and Truck Repair
Friendly mechanics were knowledgable and diagnosed the problem within 5 minutes. They ordered the parts late Friday afternoon and car was ready by 10am on Monday. Highly recommend. Be sure to see their website for coupons. http://www.candsauto.biz/
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Clutch replacement
Amount: $450.00
Posted by: Stacy9971 in Fayetteville, NC.Posted: May 28th, 2013 09:05AM
Car Make: ChevyCar Model: Cavalier
Auto Shop: DIY
The 450 included some extra tools that will be used for future DIY stuff. The part was 380 which included the clutch, pressure plate, slave cylinder and a tiny packet of spline grease. A craigslist mechanic was gonna charge me 400 for labor and a shop over 800 for labor. This job is difficult but I did it with no experience and the internet. Took me 2 days.
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Clutch kit replacement
Amount: $900.00
Posted by: Shanester in Johns Creek, GA.Posted: November 1st, 2012 08:11AM
Car Make: 2001 B2500Car Model: Mazda
Auto Shop: DC Auto Service
Wanted 1000.00, but got it down to $ 900.00.
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Complete clutch kit
Amount: $1,200.00
Posted by: Bertram in seattle, WA.Posted: October 15th, 2012 03:10PM
Car Make: 95 CavalierCar Model: 4cyl Coupe
Auto Shop: ABC Transmissions
Slave blew. It's inside the cowling and blew oil all over clutch. Replaced everything. 6 hours. Wish I could have done it myself! Good Job.
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clutch replacement 94 f150
Amount: $162.89
Posted by: rob64 in sioux falls, SD.Posted: September 14th, 2012 03:09PM
Car Make: fordCar Model: f150 xlt
Auto Shop: auto parts on line
ford wanted 1200 dollars to replace the clutch my brother found the complete clutch kit on line and also found instructions for replacing clutch it took 5 hours of hard work but i saved over 1000 dollars
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clutch repair
Amount: $820.00
Posted by: Edgar in kingsport, TN.Posted: September 6th, 2012 07:09PM
Car Make: 2003 ford rangerCar Model:
Auto Shop: fleet service
New clutch, new slave cylinder, and the tow bill for over 100 miles
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Clutch repair
Amount: $785.00
Posted by: Bamboozle, Elgin IL in saint charles, IL.Posted: June 29th, 2012 09:06PM
Car Make: VWCar Model: 04 Jetta 1.8T
Auto Shop: Komet Motorsports
Bought a kit from ECS tuning for $310. Had a shop in St.Charles IL do the work for $475.
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Clutch Kit replacement
Amount: $872.00
Posted by: Pbob in Saline, MI.Posted: May 17th, 2012 04:05PM
Car Make: 2000 SaturnCar Model: SL
Auto Shop: M&D Auto Repair
Great Job - quick service.
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Clutch Kit replacement
Amount: $1,572.00
Posted by: CL80 in Ottawa, Other.Posted: May 4th, 2012 04:05AM
Car Make: HyundaiCar Model: Santa Fe 2004
Clutch release bearing needed to be replaced. Mechanic suggested replacing the clutch since it is as intensive labor wise and clutch was almost due to be changed as per prior inspection a year ago was showing. Thank goodness for his suggestion as when they took out the clutch it was nearly blown and could have cost a new transmission had the car not been brought in when it was. Cose call
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Clutch Replacement
Amount: $900.00
Posted by: Djorge in Fredericksburg, VA.Posted: October 27th, 2011 09:10AM
Car Make: NissanCar Model: Sentra
Auto Shop: Superior Transmission Services
Other place down the road was trying to charge me $1300. They repaired it fairly quick.
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2003 ECLIPSE GST
Amount: $1,000.00
Posted by: tyler m in beaver dam, WI.Posted: June 24th, 2011 08:06AM
Car Make: MITSUBISHICar Model: ECLIPSE
Auto Shop: 920-885-6000
ridiculous price for a eclipse gst. dont buy one
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Clutch Replacement Sunfire 2003
Amount: $970.00
Posted by: Cc in Edmonton, AL.Posted: May 24th, 2011 12:05PM
Car Make: PontiacCar Model: Sunfire
Auto Shop: A1 Alternators & Starters
428 for Parts (Hydraulic clytch system) this kind of clutch contains a slave and a master cylinder.
496 for 5 hours of labor + 46 of tax
Total 970 $ CAD.
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R&R Clutch on 1999 Honda Accord w/V-tech L-4 (4 cylinder)
Amount: $1,100.00
Posted by: Juan Rodriguez in Fergus Falls, MN, MN.Posted: February 28th, 2011 03:02AM
Car Make: 1999 HondaCar Model: Accord LX
Auto Shop: TSI - BahnStormer Auto Tech
R&R Throw. Bearing, pressure plate, clutch disk,
M/T 5W40 Synthetic oil drain and fill
Full battery service, all grounds cleaned & protected w/Oxy-guard, etc. (parts inc.)
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clutch
Amount: $1,050.00
Posted by: Kenny in niverville, NY.Posted: January 14th, 2011 02:01PM
Car Make: vwCar Model: 97 golf
Auto Shop: local shop
replaced entire clutch assembly, resurface flywheel. I guess i'm in the mid range of price but I only paid $2500 for the whole car!!!Also had to change cv shaft tranny side and cooling tube(additional $380 including all ny taxes)
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Clutch or Slave MC
Amount: $45.00
Posted by: Lenny in Winston-Salem, NC.Posted: December 26th, 2010 02:12PM
Car Make: HondaCar Model: Accord Cpe
Auto Shop: DIY
I feel that some folks have gotten ripped off in a big way! I replaced my clutch master cylinder myself with the help of a mechanic friend who only
looked over my shoulder. It was a tight place to
work, but it wasn't that big of a deal. I had to bleed the lines, which is about the same as brake line bleeding. Shop around and make sure your not dealing with a thief or parts changer.
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clutch
Amount: $100.00
Posted by: a user in murfreesboro, TN.Posted: December 18th, 2010 10:12PM
Car Make: mazdaCar Model: b2200
Auto Shop: me
anyone who is paying more than 800 for PARTS AND LABOR is getting ripped, this is coming from a mechanic
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CLUTCH
Amount: $321.00
Posted by: KD3 in Houston, TX.Posted: December 11th, 2010 05:12PM
Car Make: SaturnCar Model: LS
I called auto zone and purchased a clutch for $134.99 and then called several auto repair shops to see which place charged the least per hour for labor. No more then 3 hours labor ranging anywhere from $50-$150 per hour/+part is so much better then paying $1500 ( what I was getting quoted) to do it all at the shop!!! I suggest to anyone that is in this situation, to do the same.. Dont spend if you don't have to. Most places will even tow it to the shop for free.
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Clutch kit
Amount: $620.00
Posted by: a user in Moroni, UT.Posted: December 8th, 2010 12:12PM
Car Make: HyundaiCar Model: Tiburon gt
Auto Shop: moroni, ut
Throw out bearing went out in my car and i took it to my local auto mechanic. He said to just spend the money on a clutch kit since its hecticto replace a throw out bearing without doing a clutch with it
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Honda Civic 2003
Amount: $800.00
Posted by: whaley.michael@sbcglobal.net in Pacifica, CA.Posted: December 8th, 2010 07:12AM
Car Make: HondaCar Model: Civic ex 4door
Auto Shop: Tonys auto repair
Tony's auto repair in Pacifica CA did the repair. They used only honda parts.
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Clutch Slave & Master
Amount: $430.00
Posted by: Satisfied, not thrilled in Dundalk, MD.Posted: December 2nd, 2010 06:12AM
Car Make: HyundaiCar Model: Elantra
Auto Shop: Cockeysville, MD
Leaking clutch fluid, '03 standard Hyundai Elantra. Reputable mechanic recommended replacement of master and slave clutch at same time. $430 for both master and slave with parts, labor, taxes. Also had them replace 3 belts for an additional $130. (Total $560)
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clutch kit
Amount: $600.00
Posted by: spbonus in Pasadena, CA.Posted: November 16th, 2010 04:11PM
Car Make: 2002 fordCar Model: mustang
Auto Shop: local shop
ford motor company clutch kit. flywheel resurfaced.
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Clutch
Amount: $250.00
Posted by: Nurse K in phila, PA.Posted: October 17th, 2010 01:10AM
Car Make: FordCar Model: mustang
Auto Shop: 57 tire shop
I purchased the Clutch kit at Pep Boys for 161.00 and had the locals do it for $250.00;satisfied!
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clutch kit and slave cylinder
Amount: $450.00
Posted by: tony g in ss, TX.Posted: October 6th, 2010 01:10PM
Car Make: 99 fordCar Model: ranger
Auto Shop: brown's
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Replace Clutch
Amount: $400.00
Posted by: weebil in Portland, OR.Posted: October 1st, 2010 10:10AM
Car Make: 1997 Nissan XECar Model: Pickup
Clutch Doctors on Broadway
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Replace clutch
Amount: $2,505.37
Posted by: D D in Bridgeport, CT.Posted: September 23rd, 2010 10:09PM
Car Make: 2007 BMWCar Model: 328xi
Auto Shop: BMW dealer
message from service department "Good morning. I just left you a voicemail, the car needs a new clutch. The one in the car is burnt and needs to be replaced. The clutch will cost $2505.37 which would bring the grand total to $5269.11 (includes all the other work we did, the clutch and tax). Let me know because I do not have the clutch in stock and if you get back to me soon I can order it for tomorrow" ... ouch!!! feel like just getting another car from just the regular maintenance
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Clutch kit Replacement
Amount: $900.00
Posted by: a user in Liberty, MO.Posted: September 17th, 2010 03:09PM
Car Make: MitsubishCar Model: Eclipse GST
Auto Shop: Certified Transmision
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clutch flywheel and seal axle leaks
Amount: $1,661.00
Posted by: nickopolis in Chicago, IL.Posted: August 12th, 2010 11:08PM
Car Make: volkswagenCar Model: jetta
Auto Shop: VCF automotive
Seemed a little steep. The shop told me that they used a single flywheel instead of a double flywheel and it saved $800. This shop bills off of a standard charge sheet. (manual trans 2003 1.8t jetta 64k miles)
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Clutch Replacement, New Slave Cylinder
Amount: $925.00
Posted by: user 100 in Brighton, MI.Posted: July 21st, 2010 11:07AM
Car Make: 2002 FordCar Model: Ranger
Auto Shop: A Plus Transmission
I was expecting closer to $800 based on the research I have been doing. The have had my car for 2 full days and it won;t be released until halfway through the third.
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