Changing Clutch...

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Old 04-02-07, 04:59 PM
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I was just wondering; on a scale of 1-10, how difficult is it to change a clutch in a 1991 Ford Mustang GT V8 5 speed? serious mechanic experience required?
 
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Old 04-02-07, 05:37 PM
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It's not too bad
I'd recommend having a helper who has done it
Even on a similar vehicle, not a 'Stang...a truck even (front engine rear drive)

It's do-able w/o an experienced helper, but it'll go slower
You'll want a manual or two
There's also a few tips/tricks that pop up
(like a really long socket extension...really long, that helps)

I'd recommend a compressor and some air tools (ratchet, impact wrench, small angle die grinder with 3M pads for cleaning)
The 'Stang will have to be up in the air, if it's on jack stands it's got to be as high as it can go
You've got to drop that tranny, and you'll want to slide it out to poke around under there

That tranny is heavy too, you'll want a tranny jack, or tranny attachment for your floor jack, and safety chains etc...

It's not a one person job
And you need some muscle and tools
Take care and prep and clean everything properly
And keep safety in mind
But it's not difficult per say
Not for that car
 
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Old 04-02-07, 08:05 PM
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clutch changes such as this are generally pretty easy with a few exceptions.

If the exhaust is in the way, that, to me anyway, is the hardest part of the job.

in addition to slickshift's info, be sure to get a clutch alignment tool (used to hold the disc in place while the plate is installed.

a torque wrench is always good

be prepared to remove the flywheel and have it resurfaced. Not always a neccessity but I usually have it done and depending on how bad the clutch is, it could have damaged the surface of the flywheel.
 
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Old 04-02-07, 08:45 PM
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Since nap and slick didn't REALLY answer your question () I would rate it as about a "7" taking into account all the items both mentioned.
 
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That's cool. Thanks.

I've never done it before and I want to give it a try.
 
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Old 04-03-07, 04:16 AM
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Be sure to take nap's recommendation on the alignment tool; it is an absolute necessity and they are not expensive.
 
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The alignment tool will come with the clutch for the T-5 tranny
...errr...should
Get a good clutch, not an e-bay special

Also replace the Throw-Out Bearing at the same time
...and don't forget to lube the T-O bearing before installing
The squeak will drive you nuts if you forget (...or so I've heard ;-))
 
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