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new clutch shop $1500 #5161838 07/15/19 06:45 PM
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I have a 2012 Sentra 2.0 with 62000 miles on it, never gave me any problems until today, I was driving on the freeway when I lost the clutch, there was a big leak of clutch fluid and burning smell, the clutch pedal was super soft, no pressure.
So stooped the car and towed to a transmission shop, they told me I need a new clutch and master cylinder, and so far is going to cost me around $1500. Does it seems fair ?

Re: new clutch shop $1500 [Re: sirgerman] #5161847 07/15/19 06:52 PM
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Master cylinder failure does not mean new clutch. Unless it was the slave cylinder that failed and it's dumped fluid into the clutch, contaminating it. Maybe the burning smell was fluid spilling onto the exhaust. I'd get the shop to explain what leads them to think the clutch is bad, 62,000 is not very old for a clutch.


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Re: new clutch shop $1500 [Re: sirgerman] #5161850 07/15/19 06:58 PM
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Sounds like the slave cylinder is leaking and for that I'm pretty sure the transmission has to come out so most of that is labor.

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I was told the transmission needs to be out, and yes they mentioned the slave cylinder.

Re: new clutch shop $1500 [Re: sirgerman] #5161857 07/15/19 07:06 PM
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If you have to remove the transmission to get at the slave (some do, some don't) it would be foolish to not spend the extra $100 for a new clutch kit. Also ask about an engine rear main seal while in there.

A $1000 job costs $1500 in 2019 so yeah, seems fair 'nuf.

Re: new clutch shop $1500 [Re: sirgerman] #5161860 07/15/19 07:08 PM
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If it is the slave cylinder, atikovi may be right. It may not be accessible without removing the transmission. If that's the case, then yes, might as well do the clutch at the same time.


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Re: new clutch shop $1500 [Re: sirgerman] #5161877 07/15/19 07:27 PM
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Also when they take the transmission out, are they going to replace the transmission fluid ?

Re: new clutch shop $1500 [Re: sirgerman] #5161883 07/15/19 07:30 PM
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About that much was charged to swap out the master+slave on a coworker's Elantra. My other coworker, faced with that bill (same year/car) came to me for advice. We bled the thing, and his worked fine after that. However, while doing the bleed, I discovered that to replace the whole thing took maybe 10 bolts/nuts, and throwing parts in. The only thing that needed to come out was the air box, it was right on top. Literally easier to access the whole thing that the oil filter on the car. I'd look and see how it's mounted before giving up that much money.


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Re: new clutch shop $1500 [Re: sirgerman] #5161917 07/15/19 08:11 PM
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I love cable operated clutches....I've never understood why hydraulic clutch became popular at all. They don't have good pedal feel and are harder to modulate when releasing the pedal. I have dry cable operated in my old 1996 VW Golf and it's perfect, no hydraulics to fail.

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Slave & Clutch both call for 9 hours of labor.....With labor above $100 an hour, Plus parts, Shaving Flywheel.....I can see $1,500 being in the ballpark.


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Re: new clutch shop $1500 [Re: sirgerman] #5161934 07/15/19 08:32 PM
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Is the slave not mounted on the side of the transmission housing on these cars?


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Re: new clutch shop $1500 [Re: sirgerman] #5161935 07/15/19 08:32 PM
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Still lasted longer than a Nissan CVT.
Otherwise price seems reasonable by today's standards.

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Originally Posted by Dave Sherman
62,000 is not very old for a clutch.
Not sure that clutch life can simply be based/judged by mileage. Some people can get 150k miles out of a clutch while others might get 25k miles.

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Originally Posted by zzyzzx
Still lasted longer than a Nissan CVT.
Otherwise price seems reasonable by today's standards.



Not exactly always true....

275,000 miles on my CVT 2008 Altima VQ 3.5 L.


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Originally Posted by zzyzzx
Still lasted longer than a Nissan CVT.
Otherwise price seems reasonable by today's standards.



Not exactly always true....

275,000 miles on my CVT 2008 Altima VQ 3.5 L.


Congrats you won the Power Ball lottery of CVT units. crackmeup happy

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