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In Need of Reputable SoCal Mechanic

I'm living in Redondo Beach area and I pretty sure my clutch is on its last leg. ~20% of the time there is a grinding while shifting and the throwout bearing is squeky in first gear. I've recently replaced the clutch master cylinder at the dealership and it was pricey. I asked them about a clutch job and they want ~$1500! I was hoping to find a local mechanic/shop that I could bring them OEM parts and they would install it for me. I called a local dealer and the price they quoted was disc-$125, pressure plate-$187, and the throwout bearing-$72. Is there a better place to get the parts needed? Are those 3 things all I need? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!
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Hey fedor you can do this your self but you would need some tools and a good manual instead of spending $ 1500 at a shop you can invest on some good quality tools and get the whole experience of owning these cars. doing it your self and saving some money if you have some basic mechanic know how.This is an idea if your up to the task and the one piece you forgot to mention was the condition of the fly wheel it is bolted to the engine and sometimes it needs refacing at a machine shop .The price of resurfing is a about $ 60 dollars depending were your are .This job takes about 4 hours and some times more depending how skill you are remember there's a lot of help here if you need some info .Hit me with any question .Hope this help some Later.John
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Re: In Need of Reputable SoCal Mechanic

$1500 is absolutely absurddd, that's why the call it a "stealership".
but any competent mechanic usually charges between $600-800. the parts themselves aren't terribly expensive, it's the labor which is expensive cuz its a big job, gotta jack the car up, take out the axles, than drop the entire tranny.


i'll always agree with trying to DIY, but for some people that's absolutely unreasonable, especially on one of the biggest jobs on our cars, a clutch job. other than needing a pretty big selection of ratchets, sockets, and wrenches, also need a torque wrench, axle nut socket, floor jack, jack stands, balljoint seperators, screwdrivers, etc etc. if you already have all or a majority of those, i would def suggest attempting to DIY
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$1500 is absolutely absurddd, that's why the call it a "stealership".
but any competent mechanic usually charges between $600-800. the parts themselves aren't terribly expensive, it's the labor which is expensive cuz its a big job, gotta jack the car up, take out the axles, than drop the entire tranny.


i'll always agree with trying to DIY, but for some people that's absolutely unreasonable, especially on one of the biggest jobs on our cars, a clutch job. other than needing a pretty big selection of ratchets, sockets, and wrenches, also need a torque wrench, axle nut socket, floor jack, jack stands, balljoint seperators, screwdrivers, etc etc. if you already have all or a majority of those, i would def suggest attempting to DIY
or pay for this guys ticket to california ... hook him up with a hot asain chick and he'll do the job for ya
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or pay for this guys ticket to california ... hook him up with a hot asain chick and he'll do the job for ya
lol wtf, a hot asian chick? I didn't know you could trade those for car repairs these days?
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Re: In Need of Reputable SoCal Mechanic

Damn if you were in NorCal I'd offer to fix it, $200 plus parts. Unless you are looking for a high performance clutch set you can get one from many parts places that have everything you need for ~$200. That doesn't include a new flywheel or resurfacing, but it's still a hell of a lot cheaper than getting it all from a dealership.
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$1500 is absolutely absurddd, that's why the call it a "stealership".
but any competent mechanic usually charges between $600-800. the parts themselves aren't terribly expensive, it's the labor which is expensive cuz its a big job, gotta jack the car up, take out the axles, than drop the entire tranny.


i'll always agree with trying to DIY, but for some people that's absolutely unreasonable, especially on one of the biggest jobs on our cars, a clutch job. other than needing a pretty big selection of ratchets, sockets, and wrenches, also need a torque wrench, axle nut socket, floor jack, jack stands, balljoint seperators, screwdrivers, etc etc. if you already have all or a majority of those, i would def suggest attempting to DIY
I understand your point of view but you gotta understand time/Labor costs are where most of that is coming from I charge 80 an hour. most dealers cost 100+
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