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Mazda FWD Clutch Fix!!?

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Dear World,

  I am about to attempt to replace the clutch
on a 1985 front wheel drive Mazda GLC.  

  I’ve never done a clutch job before but have
had success on difficult car repairs in the past.

  I will have the assistance of a wizzard when
I do the job this weekend
but I am requesting the advice of people who have
actually gone through the experience before (Mazda
or not / FWD or not).

  From reading the Mazda manual I have discovered
that I must remove the transaxle (being a front wheel
drive car) in order to get at the clutch parts.

  I am planning on replacing the clutch pad, the preasure
plate and the throw out bearing (anything else ?).  

  I will have to have a number of jacks seeing that the
transaxle is heavy (lowering with one) and a motor mount
bolt must be removed
(engine to be supported by other).

  A crossmember has to be taken out (because its in the
way). And a bunch of hard to reach shifting linkage must
be removed.

  I am also aware of a special allignment tool which is
necessary for reattaching the transaxle to the engine.
(The wizard is bringing that along)

Any advice on:

    errors to avoid
    other parts to replace.
    helpful hints
    extra tools

This is going to happen this weekend so please
respond ASAP.  

I know that the advice "DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS AT HOME"
is coming my way but I’m a glutten for punishment.
So feel free to advise me that way but include some
technical assistance just the same.

Thanks ahead of time.

Mike Pratt
NCR Corp. Cola S.C.

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2 Responses to “Mazda FWD Clutch Fix!!?”

  1. admin says:

    In article <1992Jan9.162526.17…@ncrcae.ColumbiaSC.NCR.COM> m…@ncrcol.ColumbiaSC.NCR.COM (Michael Pratt) writes:

    >  I am about to attempt to replace the clutch
    >on a 1985 front wheel drive Mazda GLC.  

    Poor guy!

    >that I must remove the transaxle (being a front wheel
    >drive car) in order to get at the clutch parts.

    Oh, boy, can I help?

    >  I am planning on replacing the clutch pad, the preasure
    >plate and the throw out bearing (anything else ?).  

    It is a very wise idea to resurface the flywheel, otherwise you will almost
    certainly get clutch chatter.  While you have the transaxle off, you might
    want to do the pilot bearing right away, too.

    I would not like to be in your shoes.  In my opinion, a clutch in a front
    wheel drive car is one of the worst jobs to do.  Don’t take the advise of a
    person who has done clutches on RWD cars on how easy it is.  This is a
    difficult procedure.  I wish you the best of luck.  You might also check the
    following while the axle shaft is out.

    Front Bearings.
    CV Boots
    Anything that is easier to check and replace with the transaxle out. (CV
    Joints?)

    Hope this was of help.

    -Mike


    (~)/~)/~)  o  /    __  | I cant figure it out, when it said <HIT ANY KEY>,
     /  /  /  /  /_/  /__) | and I hit <SHIFT>, nothing happened.  Then I hit
    /  /  (__/__/  \_/\__/ | <CAPS LOCK>, and still nothing happened!!              

  2. admin says:

    >I would not like to be in your shoes.       In my opinion, a clutch in a front
    >wheel drive car is one of the worst jobs to do.

    It depends greatly on the car.  I’ve replaced clutches on Hondas and Sentras
    with very little trouble (4-6 hours, taking my time).  I replaced the clutch
    on a FWD Dodge Aries K wagon, and I was cussing a blue streak by the time I
    was done (sorry, Walt).  I had to buy a #$%&#$%ing $20 pair of bent nose
    pliers just to take the transaxle retaining clip out because a crossmember
    was right behind the opening!  I did that clutch job as a favor for a
    friend; he has thankfully sold the car since then.
    I will still gladly do clutches on Hondas; they’re *EASY*!

    –Barry (bdr…@oxy.edu)

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