I have a 98 Transam with 90k miles. Sometimes when I push the clutch in I hear a screeching noise, and a rattle/banging noise when I start out. It's getting worse and I'm afraid to drive it. I've never replaced the hydraulic fluid and it does look very dark. I called the dealer and they said that with that many miles I should replace the clutch and their price is $1472 out the door. Does this price seem reasonable? Should I take it to the dealer and get OEM parts, or should I take it somewhere else and getting a better clutch for less? I've always taken it to the dealer because I don't know of other repair places, all though I live in the Tampa area and there are tons.
Thats rediculously priced! you can get an ls7 clutch and flywheel(better than stock) for 400 brand new, and installation should be between 250.00 and 400.00, depending on where you take it. dont get ripped by the stealership!
Find a local shop that has experience with the LS based cars . The dealer is smoking crack . Those monkeys only know how to do one thing and thats change parts . I have only met a hand full of guys that work at dealerships that actually know how to work on cars and not just go off their computers and change the parts it says to change .
I found one dealer that will do it for $1040, and that's with resurfacing the flywheel. I talked to another repair place and they said the flywheel on that model of car can not be resurfaced and flywheels are very expensive. What's the deal with the flywheel? Can it be resurfaced? How much is a new one, OEM?
I called the service owner with this information and he is going to see if he can get a LS7clutch from "his guy". Thanks for the info. I would think a service tech would know this, but maybe with so many different types of cars, they really are not an expect on any one. This web site has been a big help!
Just remember, if you buy the parts some dealers or shops WILL NOT take them, the shop has a flat rate or what they wish to charge to do the job, there is R & R, shop meterials, taxes and cleanup and of course any parts they may charge had you gotten it through them.
I did my own labor, new slave w/ throw out bearing, Tex oz700 clutch and pilot bearing, and paid a kid 100 bucks to help. I got out of it for 1400$, BUT I have a way better clutch that cost 1000.00 lol.
Meaning depending on parts, if you dont do your own work it may cost alot more.
I called the service owner with this information and he is going to see if he can get a LS7clutch from "his guy".
Be careful with this...our sponsors have a package that is put together consisting of the LS2 flywheel and the LS7 disk and pressure plate.
If this guy orders a straight up LS7 clutch & flywheel, it won't fit the LS1 engine.
I don't recommend resurfacing the LS1 flywheel. They take a lot of heat and resrufacing only fixes the friction area...it will just wear out that much quicker due to the heat soak.
Additionally, the hydraulic TO bearing and master cylinder are very picky and don't work well with resurfaced flywheels.
Finally, cost is about the same between resurfacing and buying a new OEM flywheel. Why not just get a new one?
I purchased my own clutch kit (spec stage 1, new stock flywheel) and had a well-respected transmission shop install it. Paid about $300 for parts, and $350 for install. It was definitely $750 well spent.
The only downside to have a shop install your own parts is that they wont warranty the installation. On the other hand, same shop would charge me $800 for a new OEM clutch and labor. I didnt even ask the dealership because I know the would overcharge.
Just call up a couple shops and ask question. Ask them to give you a quote based on the service manual. Im sure Tampa has a couple reliable shops, i lived there for a couple months.