I did the clutch on my '85 2M4 5 speed and it only cost about $150-200 Canadian for the clutch itself. I suspect that a v6 clutch wouldn't be much more than this.
|replace the release bearing - it will fail 3 days after you reassemble the car if you don't. It costs somewhere between $15 and $50.|
|have the flywheel resurfaced - the new clutch will likely last much longer if you do and it doesn't cost much (maybe $25). Use new bolts of the correct grade when remounting the flywheel. Be sure to use a torque wrench on everything.|
|watch out when you pull out the axles from the transaxle - you must drain the oil first or you will get a face full, like I did.|
|while you have the axles out be sure to replace the axle shaft seals in the trans housing. They cost about $7 each (there is 1 for each axle) and will leak within 24 hours of reassembly if you don't put new ones in. Be sure to drive them in square with a proper sized seal driver.|
|when adding new trans oil after reassembly - if your car calls for the
new oil to go in where the speedo drive unit goes - watch out - the
little **@@###! stupid plastic speedo drive gear will fall off and drop
into the trans.|
Fish it out with a piece of thin wire and then sit down and have a good swear and another beer.
I found the clutch to be a tough job with a very steep learning curve but it is do-able and would be much easier the second time.
The main problems I had were:
|building an engine support tool like the one in the manual (thank goodness for friends who can weld)|
|getting axles out of the trans. A sharp tug like it says in the manual is bull - I had to make a giant fork to pry them out. Take is easy though - you don't want to wreck anything.|
|one of the two front cradle mounting bolts was frozen (they are right under the rear edge of the car doors). The other three were like new.|
From: Peter Frise
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