How much to put in a new clutch for 83 Tercel 4wd?

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How much to put in a new clutch for 83 Tercel 4wd?

Post by Chomsky43 » Mon Apr 02, 2018 12:16 pm

I am NOT mechanically inclined so I would have to pay a mechanic to do this. Any idea what that would cost me?

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Re: How much to put in a new clutch for 83 Tercel 4wd?

Post by splatterdog » Mon Apr 02, 2018 12:31 pm

"Book" time shows 5.5 hours for flywheel r&r plus machine shop time to resurface. Another 20-30 minutes for the rear main engine seal. Book time does NOT reflect rusted bolts or excessive cleanup.

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Re: How much to put in a new clutch for 83 Tercel 4wd?

Post by rer233 » Mon Apr 02, 2018 2:11 pm

Or any of the many other problems you'll encounter when working on a 35 year old car...
if it aint there, there's a good chance it won't break!
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Re: How much to put in a new clutch for 83 Tercel 4wd?

Post by Petros » Mon Apr 02, 2018 3:02 pm

usually a competent shop will do it for $450-600. if they want more, find another place. a lot depends on where you are located (big city, vs. small town, etc).. You might save a lot by getting a "home mechanic" who does side jobs in his garage. YOu have to ask around for those types, some are excellent and experienced mechanics, so ask around at the local auto parts stores and check craig's list for mechanics. check references to make sure they are reliable, lots of sloppy work done by even regular repair shops, so make sure they are responsible and have happy customers.

good luck
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Re: How much to put in a new clutch for 83 Tercel 4wd?

Post by seantp » Mon Apr 02, 2018 3:45 pm

Hey Petros. Do you have any idea where I could find a rear transmission seal for an 83 SR5 and a front axle seal?

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Re: How much to put in a new clutch for 83 Tercel 4wd?

Post by Petros » Mon Apr 02, 2018 6:01 pm

those seals are common to a lot of different cars, any auto parts store can order them for you. I get mine from Rockauto.com, cheap but watch shipping charges, usually worth it if you are buying other parts at the same time. sometimes ordering off the NAPA or Autozone website for local pickup (no shipping charges) is less costly.
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Re: How much to put in a new clutch for 83 Tercel 4wd?

Post by splatterdog » Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:03 am

Don't forget to check the dealer for parts or at least an online OE parts outlet. Sometimes they can even be less than parts stores(usually not), and you know the part is correct.

Real shops can be hit or miss, but choose c-list mechanics with extreme caution. Some are only equipped with a pliers and a blow torch for getting medieval on your buttocks!

At least it's not a modern car. Dual mass flywheels, concentric slave/throwout bearing assemblies and general clog have helped raise clutch job prices to $1500 or more.

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Re: How much to put in a new clutch for 83 Tercel 4wd?

Post by Petros » Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:37 pm

splatterdog wrote:
Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:03 am
At least it's not a modern car. Dual mass flywheels, concentric slave/throwout bearing assemblies and general clog have helped raise clutch job prices to $1500 or more.
good points all splatt, but you list one of the reasons I never intend to own a newer car, too much government mandated crap and BS to make them decent reliable cars, and way too much work to keep running properly.
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'84 Tercel 4wd (daily driver, with on going mods)
'92 Mazda MPV 4wd (wife's daily driver)
'85 Tercel 4wd DLX auto(daughter's daily driver)
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Re: How much to put in a new clutch for 83 Tercel 4wd?

Post by splatterdog » Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:48 am

Hopefully our cars never get legislated out of our cold dead hands!

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Re: How much to put in a new clutch for 83 Tercel 4wd?

Post by Petros » Wed Apr 04, 2018 2:28 pm

I heard on the radio this morning that the city of Seattle is contemplating charging you a "pollution toll" to drive within their city limits. the debate is whether to charge drivers $8 or $10. just to drive within their city limits. Another reason not to go to Seattle.
'87 Tercel 4wd SR5 (current engine swap project)
'84 Tercel 4wd (daily driver, with on going mods)
'92 Mazda MPV 4wd (wife's daily driver)
'85 Tercel 4wd DLX auto(daughter's daily driver)
'01 Honda Civic (other daughter's daily driver)

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