How to Replace a Clutch in your Car or Truck (Full DIY Guide)


Hey guys! ChrisFix here. And today, I’m gonna show you how to replace a clutch in your car or your truck. Now the reason why I’m replacing the clutch is, Well, I had to lower the my transmission because the throwout bearing, also known as the release bearing is shot! Look at how much play there is in there, it’s just in pieces. So that’s junk and needs to get replaced. Now while I’m in there, I might as well replace these parts as well. So in this video, we’re going to be replacing the clutch, we are going to replace the pressure plate, I’m going to be replacing my flywheel. You don’t necessarily have to replace yours, you can get it resurfaced, it’s like resurfacing a brake rotor when you replace the brake pads. But in this case, I have a nice brand new aluminum flywheel, it’s lightweight. I’ll show you the difference between this one and the stock one. And since I use my car on the track, a nice aluminum one, less rotational mass, way better. I also will be replacing the throwout bearing, and the pilot bearing, as well as the rear main seal. Now if your car has an oil leak where the engine and transmission meet, odds are your rear main seal is bad, and in order to get to that, you need to drop the entire transmission. So, a few bucks for the seal, you might as well do it as preventative maintenance. And finally, we’re putting in a new clutch fork and I’m gonna put a new clutch cable in. And the best part is all this stuff is gonna be done at home using common tools. Here’s everything you need, it’s that simple. So after watching this video, whether you need to replace the rear main seal on your car or truck, or you need the put a new clutch in, maybe you wanna upgrade your flywheel. Whatever it is, I’m gonna be covering everything that you need to know so you can do this at home yourself. Now I do wanna thank Advance Auto Parts for sending me out all these new parts and supporting the video. That way, I can show you guys how to do this. And with that said, I’ll link all the parts and tools in the description so you can easily find them, and we’re ready to get started, so the first thing that you need to do is to lower your transmission and remove it from the vehicle. Now I have an entire video on how to do this that goes in depth and I’ll link that in the description so you can check that one out. But just as an overview… The first thing the we need to do is go into the car and remove the shifter. Then, go under the car and unbolt the exhaust, then we’ll drain the transmission fluid, we’ll remove the driveshaft, and remove the starter. And finally, unbolt the transmission, and the transmission will slide out and down so we can remove it from under the car. Alright, and with that transmission removed, now we can go under the vehicle and remove the clutch. Now it’s important that you wear eye protection and a dust mask because that clutch dust is bad to breathe in. So let’s get that on and head under the car. So the first thing we’re going to do is remove this pressure plate which sandwiches the clutch against the flywheel and holds it in. The pressure plate is held in by six bolts around the perimeter and it’s screwed into the flywheel. And before we remove the bolts, I like to spray down the clutch with water to get the dust wet which makes it less likely to get airborne and you won’t breathe it in. With that sprayed down, now let’s remove the 6 Bolts holding the pressure plate on the flywheel… and as you can see when i go to loosen this the flywheel just spins because nothing is holding it so a simple trick is to a wood block and wedge it between the flywheel and the body of the car like so that prevents the flywheel from spinning so you could easily remove the bolts holding the pressure plate in… I recommend not using air tools when removing these bolts because it’ll blow the clutch dust and your gonna breathe that in Instead use an electric impact gun or as you can see hand tools work perfectly fine now let’s remove this piece of wood and unscrew the last bolt and since it is the last bolt hold that pressure plate An hour later, we want to go back and torque each bolt down in a crisscross pattern to 89 in-lbs. Not ft-lbs; in-lbs. Then we can tighten the two bottom oil pan bolts, and torque them down to 15 ft-lbs, and then turn the wrench an extra 60 degrees.