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

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.

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  1. I set out to create the most in-depth clutch replacement video in the world! Hopefully the video was helpful!

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  2. Hey Chris i saw all your videos here on YouTube, i dont have a Facebook account so i write you here, i am from Slovakia and i would love to see your video how to replace a clutch on front wheel drive car, so please film a video like that. Love your videos thanx HELP me a lot 🙂

  3. On minute 20:20, when you say " make sure there is no play in the spline section" what could it mean if my clutch brakes exactly on that spot or if it has some play?

  4. THIS GUY'S FREAKIN GOOD!! LOVE HIS DETAILS!!!! Damn man you are good!. NOW…. let's talk about replacing wheel hubs and install THE RIGHT TYPE of lowering springs/adjustable coilovers? Good job man. I'm 39 years old and used to work on these bad boys for many years prior, you gave me some hope and inspiration man to jump back into stangs. trading for one tomorrow actually. Thanks for your ultra informative video. Don't forget people, replace that crispy and crunchy clutch quadrant as well when you changing the cable. Don't ever leave that on especially with heavy duty clutch systems.

  5. My transmission wont go into gear, it will slip out and I will basically be ik n neutral revving up down the street and today it stopped going into gear period

  6. I've replaced a good half dozen clutches by myself and helped others numerous times but I still watch just for sheer entertainment value. Love the production quality Chris. Keep it up

  7. Chris is the type of person to start recording a video on how to change the oil and it ends up being an engine swap…..love the passion

  8. “How to replace a clutch” Chrisfix notices slight wobble on the input shaft. “Looks like it’s time for a whole new transmission!”

  9. WOW… Dude that was one of the best videos on How-To! I wanted to make videos on How-To for motorcycles and thought I had a decent layout in mind on how to present it, but your video presentation is now going to be a standard I strive to achieve!!!

    Now I know how to change the clutch and look for issues in the process.

    Thank you so much!!

  10. Are you planning on doing a fwd clutch replacement video or could you recommend a good one? Thanks in advance. I love the channel.

  11. I'm a retired mechanic of over 65 years professionally I watch this video of yours to see if there have been any changes to processes to changing the clutch. Sir if I may say you are very good and truly correct at the process of teaching for doing this operation. I'll be looking for your or any other person to changing manual clutch the front-wheel-drive of a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt with 2.2 L. engine. Very Good and perfection this should make it very easy for the backyard mechanic to do this replacement!!!

  12. "a new cable takes a few minutes to install" the hook's of the clutch cable of our car broke yesterday and spent 5 hours to buy and replace the damn cable but the cable was a little too short and we needed to find a way for it to work

  13. I already know how to do most things on the car as it’s basically bolt off bolt on but I still love watching your videos just seeing how other people do things. Keep it up. ❤️

  14. Buna. Masa volantei este calculata sa echilibreze pistoanele si alte piese in miscare. Reducand masa s-ar putea sa apara vibratii anormale

  15. Chris Fix: So you can change your clutch by doing this at home. But first, you need to remove this, remove that, and also remove this, and not forget that, and this.

    Me: wtf…….

  16. The way Chris' videos are filmed showing his hands and the way he animates with them is just like a magician would… appropriate.

  17. saying "its everything you need, its thats simple" is like saying "the test is going to be easy, you only need a pencil"

  18. Wow that's crazy. Anytime I try to do anything to my car my dad says "What the hell are you doing you're not a mechanic you don't know how to fix anything" really ruins my mood for doing anything.

  19. The gear box removal please show me how to remove a transversely mounted front drive gear box please and thank you keep on trucking Chris

  20. I bought your t shirt too it’s cool man got a few heads turning and asking me but I told them the truth that’s I bought it from you and the YouTube channel you’re on

  21. you mentioned that on aluminium parts it is good to use an abrasive sponge or plastic scraper to remove the old gasket. What I like to use to remove old gaskets and old silicone off aluminium parts, like an oil sump or timing chain cover, is a dremel with a brass wire wheel attachment, I never had it scratch the aluminium and it makes the job a lot easier.

  22. Thanks Chris, I realise now why mechanics charge so much to change a clutch, I had planned on doing it myself but kind of feel like I'd be better off getting it done by someone who has done it before

  23. Replace the clutch when it is worn out ..not at all 😅
    Just replace the whole transmission 🤣🤣
    That's how you do it

  24. 12:53

    Once a metal used o fix the DriftStan is now a piece of metal that was used to upgrade the DriftStang (Hydro Brake)

  25. Chris, you create the best instructional videos I've seen on YouTube. From your clever transitions to your voice over high-speed edits. Keep up the great work.

  26. Instead of grease and bread, the roadkill guys used soap. So you’ll clean the grease and get the pilot bearing out simultaneously!

  27. How to change a flat tire.
    First step: look for something that is wrong with the car and proceed to get a new one
    Ez DIY

  28. a friend needed help with her clutch so thats why i clicked the link but shit now i think im confident enough to try and do the main seal on my honda since its a active leak.

  29. Just spent 30 minutes watching a video that isn’t even applicable to me. You’re just good at explaining things 👍🏼

  30. Hey Chris, I really need some advice man. I have a 2000 Dodge Ram 1500 v6 3.9L Manual Trans. About one year ago I put in a new clutch, a new slave cylinder and a new master cylinder for the clutch system. I started having trouble about two weeks ago engaging the clutch. I had some noise on the release bearing (throughout bearing) and so I replaced it. I bench bled the system for 45 minutes made sure it has zero bubbles. My system does not use a bleed valve, you have to pump the slave until all bubbles are out.
    So after putting everything back on… It still has trouble engaging.. I was told that it could be a weak Master or Slave Cylinder, so my questions is:

    HOW CAN I TELL WHICH IS WEAK.. HOW DO I TEST EACH INDIVIDUALLY?

    One thing I thought would tell me if it was the Master. I put a wheel pulley to hold the piston on the slave from pushing out and pushed on the peddle and it is less than 1/8 of an inch.. could not move it by hand. Dunno if this is a good test to see if Master is good, but at least I know it is hard and there is no leaks. ANY HELP WILL BE A GREAT HELP MAN.. I AM PERPLEXED BY THIS..

    Thanks in advanced..

    JohnnyQ

  31. Thanks for this. It reinforces my view that if the clutch has a problem, it's time to book the car into the garage, or get another £500 100,000mi car.

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