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Old 10-19-2010, 07:28 PM
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Default Best deal on a clutch

My clutch on the 99 B2500 is on its last leg, not slipping yet, but its catching real high. The lowest quote I got from a shop was 600. I was thinking of tackling this myself, with help from a friend. Where should I look for the best deal on parts? I found a clutch for 160 and a master cyl for 70. Can I find a better deal anywhere?
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Old 10-19-2010, 07:51 PM
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I am getting ready to get my clutch at Advance auto. The one for my truck is $99.99 and you can use a coupon code "p20" to get 20% off if you buy online which makes it $79.99. I just buy it online and use the store pickup and get it there an hour later.
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Thanks for the info. If I do this myself, I will go this route.
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i found a clutch a few years ago for my 87 2.3

craigslist...$40...brand new in the box
got the slave cylinder from work...employee discount

my dad and i did it ourselves in a day

be sure to get a pilot bearing remover......its a bitch if you don't
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i found a clutch a few years ago for my 87 2.3

craigslist...$40...brand new in the box
got the slave cylinder from work...employee discount

my dad and i did it ourselves in a day

be sure to get a pilot bearing remover......its a bitch if you don't
Thanks, is that something I can rent from an auto parts store?
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Old 10-20-2010, 07:06 PM
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Default Re: Best deal on a clutch

I got a clutch kit from Advance for my truck and it has been fine for the 6,000 miles I've had it so far. I did roll the dice on the slave cylinder though. I'll probably pay for that choice later. Anyway, it's not a bad job to swap the clutch yourself. The kit comes with everything you need except for the puller mentioned above.
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Thanks, is that something I can rent from an auto parts store?

yup....i know my store rents it

you'll also need a slide hammer to go with it
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Old 10-22-2010, 06:02 AM
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Got an update on getting parts from Advance auto...
I found a coupon online that gives $40.00 off a purchase of $100.00 so I bought the clutch kit for my truck ($99.99) and a funnel ($1.09) with coupon "BIG40" and paid $61.08

I then made a seperate order for the flywheel ($59.99) and a Actron Professional Compression Tester Kit ($41.99) with coupon "LC123" and paid $61.98
I couldn't use the "BIG40" a second time as it is listed as "only one per household"

Ended up getting $203.06 worth of parts for $123.06.

It is not the parts that should determine if you do this yourself, but your access to tools, a place to do this, and your comfort level with doing the work.

If you plan to do this I would suggest the following...
Have a place to do the work. I have done a clutch on my 1999 Isuzu rodeo and I am in the middle of replacing the clutch, slave cylinder, and flywheel on my Ranger. I would never have attempted this if I didn't have a concrete floor to work on.

Get a Haynes book or similar for your truck and read through the entire process before you start it so you know what to expect before you turn a wrench.

Access to tools... for me, I have been using the money I save by doing it myself to invest in tools that I didn't already have. I already had basic tools... wrenches, sockets, ratchets, torque wrench and an air compressor. During the Rodeo I bought more extensions (I had to reach the bolts on the front of the transmission from the back of the transmission and have done the same with the Ranger as well), a creeper and jack stands. I borrowed a floor jack from a friend. So far, during the Ranger I have bought a transmission jack (if you can get one... it makes a WORLD of difference), an impact wrench, torx socket set, and a set of 12 point metric sockets.

Patience... Take your time and know what you are doing before you do it. Don't rush in and break more than you fix. With a little research before you start, this really isn't that hard of a job. It just takes time, patience and a few busted knuckles when that bolt finally lets go.

Good luck and let us know how it goes.
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Got an update on getting parts from Advance auto...
I found a coupon online that gives $40.00 off a purchase of $100.00 so I bought the clutch kit for my truck ($99.99) and a funnel ($1.09) with coupon "BIG40" and paid $61.08

I then made a seperate order for the flywheel ($59.99) and a Actron Professional Compression Tester Kit ($41.99) with coupon "LC123" and paid $61.98
I couldn't use the "BIG40" a second time as it is listed as "only one per household"

Ended up getting $203.06 worth of parts for $123.06.

It is not the parts that should determine if you do this yourself, but your access to tools, a place to do this, and your comfort level with doing the work.

If you plan to do this I would suggest the following...
Have a place to do the work. I have done a clutch on my 1999 Isuzu rodeo and I am in the middle of replacing the clutch, slave cylinder, and flywheel on my Ranger. I would never have attempted this if I didn't have a concrete floor to work on.

Get a Haynes book or similar for your truck and read through the entire process before you start it so you know what to expect before you turn a wrench.

Access to tools... for me, I have been using the money I save by doing it myself to invest in tools that I didn't already have. I already had basic tools... wrenches, sockets, ratchets, torque wrench and an air compressor. During the Rodeo I bought more extensions (I had to reach the bolts on the front of the transmission from the back of the transmission and have done the same with the Ranger as well), a creeper and jack stands. I borrowed a floor jack from a friend. So far, during the Ranger I have bought a transmission jack (if you can get one... it makes a WORLD of difference), an impact wrench, torx socket set, and a set of 12 point metric sockets.

Patience... Take your time and know what you are doing before you do it. Don't rush in and break more than you fix. With a little research before you start, this really isn't that hard of a job. It just takes time, patience and a few busted knuckles when that bolt finally lets go.

Good luck and let us know how it goes.
Thanks for the info. Ive got a decent amount of tools, a nice garage, and the Haynes manual, but I am lacking two things, the trans jack, and the air compressor. I will most definitely be taking this to a buddies house who is more equipped.
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