'94 SL2 clutch replacement cost?

Discussion in 'Saturn S-series' started by dorkus.erectus, Jan 14, 2004.

  1. Is $700 reasonable for clutch replacement?

    My kid took her '94 SL2 (83K miles) to the local shop her mother has gone to
    (and trusted) for 10+ years.
    The car has had problems with very stiff shifting (literally moving the
    shifter, especially in cold weather).
    I drove the car a few days ago for the first time in many months and the
    bigger problem, I think, is
    the fact that there is nearly 3 inches of freeplay at the top of the clutch
    pedal and it has to be held ALL THE WAY
    TO THE FLOOR to fully disengage. Anyway, the manager explained in a
    reasonable way that there is a small leak
    in the right axle seal that let tranny fluid out.( I always thought the
    tranny is on the left side. Dunno. Maybe I'm stupid).
    They put in a pint+ of fluid and the stiff shifting is gone but they say the
    other problem is the need of a new clutch
    and all that goes with it.

    To make that long story short, is $700 reasonable to replace the clutch.

    dorkus.erectus, Jan 14, 2004
  2. Since the Saturn dealerships in Southern California I've visited want
    $900-$1000 for changing the clutch on my '93 SL2 (140,000 miles), I'd say
    it was a good deal if they do it right. Others here have posted about a
    flywheel compatibility issue for this car in the past, so you should do a
    search on Google Groups. Previously I had an issue with my clutch where I
    had to slam it to the floor in order to shift, but replacing the clutch
    master cylinder fixed it. By the way, my clutch works fine almost a year
    after Saturn recommended I replace it (because of the "freeplay" you
    mentioned), and I expect several more years out of it.
    Mephistopheles Jones, Jan 15, 2004
  3. Thanks for your advice.
    I searched Google Groups and found others that fixed it with a new
    master/slave cylinder.
    I'll look into this option.

    dorkus.erectus, Jan 16, 2004
  4. dorkus.erectus

    B. Peg Guest

    I thought my clutch was blown too (110K miles). Dealer said it osunded more
    like air in the hydraulic line. They blead it and replaced some piston in
    the master cylinder. About $90 as I recall. Sysmtoms were difficult
    shifting and a lot of gear grinding which I thought was me mis-shifting most
    of the time. It did it too the service manager when he test drove it and he
    immediately claimed the air-in-the-line scenario other than the clutch

    B. Peg, Jan 16, 2004
  5. My 97 was getting tough to shift also, turned out to be a slave cylinder -
    closer to $200 to replace at the dealer...
    Jonnie Santos, Jan 16, 2004
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    uknewwho Guest

    Last time i checked my car, 01 SC1, the clutch is a closed system, meaning
    you can not bled it, this is just what i've been told, and seen. Also i have
    a S-10 truck where the clutch had some play in it, that was due to a bad
    slave cylinder.
    uknewwho, Jan 16, 2004
  7. dorkus.erectus

    Joe Guest

    I paid about $800 at AAMCO to replace the clutch and "service" the flywheel
    & hydraulics on a 95 SL1.
    Joe, Jan 16, 2004
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