Lansing & East Lansing Clutch Repair
Professional Fleet Auto Repair in Lansing has been providing clutch repair and clutch diagnosis for over 12 years!
Q. How much does a clutch replacement cost?
A. $600-$1200 is average, large trucks, high end imports can be more.
Q. How long does it take to replace my clutch?
A. Usually 1 day in and out and back together. Sometimes 2-3 days if parts are special order.
Q. Why do you machine my flywheel, other shops do not?
A. We have found by the time a customer has the clutch replaced the flywheel is badly glazed and burned up as well as it has uneven surfaces. Machining eliminates any future clutch chatter, noises or slippage. The life of the clutch disc is also greatly increased.
Q. Why does my transmission grind when I put it into gear?
A. Sometimes it can be the worn out clutch that can cause this, However, the synchronizers that allow the manual transmission to shift from gear to gear smoothly can also be worn out. Replacing the clutch will not fix this problem.
Q. How come your repair shop does not use pre boxed clutch kits from an over the counter parts store?
A. We have found many years ago that the quality of the parts provided in these pre boxed kits are low quality and have inconsistent quality standards from over seas. We use a local clutch builder who has been in business for over 30 years!
Many times we have found hydraulic issues have been misdiagnosed as mechanical failure of the clutch itself by other repair shops resulting in the replacement of your clutch when it was not needed.
Clutch replacement can be a very time consuming process since the transmission must be removed from the vehicle, however, a clutch problem does not mean that the clutch always has to be replaced. Our experienced trained technicians can determine if you truly have a major problem or possibly a minor problem such as a cable or hydraulic control issue originating from the clutch master cylinder or clutch slave cylinder.
Basic maintenance of clutch system includes replacing the clutch fluid, which is actually DOT 3 brake fluid every three years.
Inspecting the clutch disc and clutch pressure plate for wear. Adjusting the clutch cable or clutch pedal if needed. If the vehicle has a clutch slave cylinder it does not have a cable and cannot be adjusted.
Replacement of your clutch involves removing the transmission from your vehicle. Disassembly of the clutch parts, inspection of the clutch parts to determine what caused the failure. Removal of the flywheel is needed for inspection. Now is also the time to replace the rear main seal on your engine. This an expensive repair if the oil seal leaks down the road because the entire engine or transmission would have to removed again. This seal is only $20-$50 additional but will save you hundreds of dollars if done now.
The flywheel must be machined to remove hard spots and glazing as well as create a level surface for the clutch disc to ride on.
Last but not least the pilot bearing which is in the engine must be replaced or it will cause a loud squalling noise every time the clutch is released.
Now it is time for assembly. Install the pilot bearing, flywheel, clutch disc, pressure plate, throw out bearing and slave cylinder if internal design, (Note if vehicle has internal slave cylinder always replace with clutch replacement, if not if fails will need to be completely disassembled again) install transmission and bleed system with new brake fluid.
*WE OFFER A 2 YEAR 24K MILE WARRANTY ON ALL CLUTCH REPLACEMENT OR CLUTCH REPAIRS!
*WE DO NOT USE PRE SOLD OR BOXED CLUTCH KITS FROM LOCAL PARTS STORES THAT HAVE BEEN SHIPPED FROM CHINA!
*WE ONLY USE HIGH QUALITY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT CLUTCH PARTS FROM OUR LOCAL CLUTCH BUILDER.