How to Change a Clutch in Your Car
You don't need to go to an auto mechanic school just to learn how to change a clutch. Changing the clutch is relatively easy as long as you are not worried about getting your hands dirty. To change the clutch on your car, here is what you should do.
Step 1 - Put Your Car in a Secure Position
Put your car into a safe position and then use a car jack to raise the front end of the vehicle. Make sure that you put the jack below the oil pan to support the engine of the car. Use jack stands to support vehicle for safety.
Step 2 - Get the Transaxle Ready for Removal
You need to remove the transaxle of the car to get to the car clutch. To make it easier for you to remove the transaxle, unhook the clutch cable and the positive battery cable.
Step 3 - Unbolt the Engine Mount
After unhitching the clutch cable and the battery cable, remove the bolts that are holding the engine mount. You need to undo at least one engine mount to get the transaxle out. After undoing one of the engine mounts, separate the transaxle from the engine. To do this, you need to remove the bolts around the flywheel bell housing then gently push the transaxle away from the engine. If the transaxle does not budge when you push it the first time, push a little harder until the pressure plate is exposed.
Step 4 - Remove the Clutch and Repair the Flywheel
To get the damaged clutch out, you need to unbolt the pressure plate and then slide the clutch disc out. After removing the clutch, inspect the flywheel for any signs of wear and tear. If the flywheel has hot spots, you may need to remove it completely and repair the damages. You may replace the flywheel with a new one if the old one is no longer serviceable.
Remove dirt, grime, and debris from the crankshaft flange before you replace the flywheel. Make sure that the flywheel bolts are properly torqued to specifications.
Step 5 - Replace the Damaged Clutch
After replacing the flywheel, install the new clutch disc. To do this, simply slide the new clutch disc in place and position with clutch alignment tool. Bolt on pressure plate (tightening each bolt a quarter turn at a time going to next bolt in the circle until tight to avoid warping pressure plate). Once the new clutch disc is in place, replace the transaxle.
Step 6 - Reinstall the Transaxle
To replace the transaxle, align the transaxle with the clutch disc splined hole. Gently move the transaxle forward until the input shaft glides into the clutch disc’s splined hole. Once the transaxle is in place, replace the bolts that you removed earlier. Make sure that you tighten the bolts properly to avoid problems.
Step 7 - Release the Jack and Lower Your Vehicle
After securing all the bolts on the engine mount and around the transaxle, remove jack stands and gently release the jack to lower the front end of your vehicle.
Step 8 - Test the New Clutch
To make sure that your new clutch is working well, try to drive your car around the block a couple of times.