Originally posted by sexxy7
I have the same exact problem with my FD! I was wondering the same thing, so if I replace the clutch will that be all that I need? Don't you have to turn the pressure plate if you don't get a new one? Also, I have heard that it is a pain in the butt to replace the clutch so if I take it to a shop, about how much will the labor run me? Any help that you guys can give me would be greatly appreciated!
Shop time is going to vary from shop to shop. For $800 I would have gladly had someone else deal with it. It's messy, and I got more than enough crap in my eyes and lungs to last me a lifetime. The local guys here wanted $1200+ to put a OEM clutch back in. For that price I learned to do it myself and put an upgraded clutch in. It's not hard, but it is messy, and you absolutely have to have the appropriate tools to do it. At a minimum to do it yourself you need:
Big *** breaker bar or impact wrench (I have an impact wrench capable of 500 ft lbs) to remove the EVIL, EVIL flywheel nut.
Big *** screwdriver
14mm combination wrench
complete set of sockets and 1/2" drive socket wrench
P'Blaster or equiavlent
Wood splitting wedge or flywheel puller
other stuff I can't remember right now
Anyhow, it starts to add up after awhile. It cost me around $740 to put my ACT extreme in myself, so it was worth it in the long run.
AS for reusing the pressure plate, you can, but it's probably not a great idea. It will cost you tons of money if you have to pay a shop to go back in there again and fix things if the PP fails. I started to just replace the friction disk (which I could have since my pressure plate was still within spec which I think is 10mm? clearance), and it was a big enugh PITA that I just bought a whole new assembly, complete with throwout bearing and a new release fork.
You can't "re-turn" a PP to my knowledge. If the forks on the PP are bent it's a done deal, they will never work the same even if you bend them back into place. Turning would be in reference to getting the flywheel resurfaced, which is a good idea every time you replace the clutch, and shouldn't be more than $40.
Anyhow, if your clutch is slipping it needs to be replaced. It's dangerous to drive around with a badly slipping clutch. You won't be able to move out of the way in time if you need to because of the lack of "throttle" response.
So...shop around and find out how much it would cost you to have it done. I live in a small little town, so I don' t have too much choice as far as shops go, and I wasn't happy with the quote, so I had to take the DIY route.