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Old 10-06-2004, 07:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Good morning,

I recently purchased a 1995 325i 150,000 miles; it has since had a number of issues associated with owning an older car. I would like to thank this forum and bimmerworld.comís E36 3 Series Cooling System Overhaul Kit for helping me diagnose/treat the problems.

But now I have something new, the clutch is starting to go, and with me teaching my girlfriend to drive a stick, itís going faster than I would like. There seems to be a lovely tutorial on the Pelican Part website (http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/tech...ch_Replace.htm). It all seems do-able but difficult, has anyone followed the tutorial? Are there any road blocks/little problems that the tutorial kind of glazes over.

Iíve checked the forum and it seems that quite a few people have had there clutch replaced, but few have done it themselves.

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Old 10-06-2004, 12:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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ive done a clutch myself. it took me like 2 months cause it was sumemr and i had it on jack stands in my garage. seriously is a pain in the anus. u should get a car lift, its hard if its ur first time also. get a bentley manual if u get a chance, that book is the bible.
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Old 10-06-2004, 12:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I did it myself..... It is a pain a big time pain. I would say have a dealer do it if you can afford it.

But if you are Mech. inclined go for it just follow the DIY close and read it quite a few times before starting to make sure you have everything tool and part wise.

Good Luck!!!
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Old 10-06-2004, 01:12 PM   #4 (permalink)
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ive done it, and like said above its a real pain in the ass. if its the first replacement its even harder because all the bolts are on so tight. i honestly suggest paying the extra bit and get a pro to do it. .the only reason i did it myself is because i had a whole BMW garage at my expense with 5 mechanics to fix or help with any possible mistakes.
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i just did it like last month, and it took me a couple of days. i was replacing a pressure plate so i ended up replacing clutch pressure plate nd everything in there. anyway... the pelican parts article is very very good, and it you are looking for a nice sachs clutch kit w/pressure plate check out www.stopshopanddrive.com. they also have nice parts for cheap prices for bmw's in general. anyway make sure you have everything you need before you start and have all the tools. since my car is dropped so low i had to raise it up on 8 cinder blocks; 2 per tire. if you have any questions pm me
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I am currently replacing my clutch. For me it will be easy because I took the engine out. Do bmw's come with Sach clutches from the factory? The clutch on their says sach and 5/98. Does that mean it was made in May 1998? Thanks
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that could be the batch number. yes bmws come with sach clutches. Phil, i would make friends with a mechanic and have him come over on parts where it is difficult, thats what i did. i stripped a bolt on my bellhousing tho. that held me back for so fkn long.
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Old 10-07-2004, 04:15 PM   #8 (permalink)
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The biggest pain in the ass I ran into with the clutch changeout was snapping off the &*&*$#%(* exhaust downpipe bolts... Even with liquid wrench, I still broke them off. Had to drill out the studs. ghead

Nothing else really went wrong with it.
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