I just ordered a clutch and flywheel kit for my golf.I have replaced clutches in rear wheel drive cars before and am wondering the degree of difficulty on a tdi. I am going with a single mass flywheel kit. I welcome any comments or suggestions.
If you're not that experienced in replacing transmissions on this type of vehicle, it can be a bit tricky... just take your time... having a small transmission jack (Harbor Freight has a cheap one) makes life easy - especially if you're working alone...
PS: I assume you got a SMF kit... if yours is a Valeo, keep in mind that you should use a Valeo throwout bearing, as it's a bit thicker than a Sachs...
If you have the aptitude (and it certainly sounds as if you do), it's definitely worth doing it yourself.
The instructions here are very good... There may be a bit of a hangup if the DMF in your car is stuck in a position where the bolt holes to the crankshaft don't line up, in which case you'll need some heavy-duty grinding equipment (angle grinder should work)... I'd be careful about trying to use a sledgehammer to try and turn it, as the crankshaft and bearings won't appreciate it...
Thanks for the responses. I just put some money into this car on an injector pump, timing belt kit, water pump,injectors. It runs great now but needs a clutch and flywheel. I should also mention it has 230,000 + miles on it. I am sure I can change the clutch and flywheel it is just a time to cost thing.
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