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How easy is it to fit a clutch cable?

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Platinum Pete, 6 May 2006.

  1. Platinum Pete

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    As the title says, how easy is it and how long would it take a mechanic to do?

    the car is an 1.4 n reg Astra btw
     
  2. ZG002

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    be a man.. do it ya self :p i did

    tis quite easy and a mechanic will b-able to do it in an hour or two.
     
  3. The_Dark_Side

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    if you're billed for more than an hours labour then you've been had IMHO.
     
  4. Platinum Pete

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    I would like to do it myself but im in the middle of my finals and don't really need the distraction. I have replaced one on a Renault 5 and that was more difficult than i thought it should have been. after routing around it looks like the Astra's pedal attachment is even more difficult to get to.

    The irony of this is that my TV died this morning and i was driving out to buy a new one when my car broke :rolleyes: gonna be an expensive month :(
     
  5. The_Dark_Side

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    awkward but not difficult mate, save yourself a few quid and do it yourself.
    should take you around the same time to do as a pro mechanic give or take.
    this probably isn't the time to mention that well known english phrase...
    "trouble usually comes in three's" :o

    sorry
     
  6. Platinum Pete

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    Well lets just hope i fall in hole or something today because my first exam is on monday :p
     
  7. The_Dark_Side

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    fall in a hole.....lol
    i actually laughed out loud at that you total headcase.

    good luck with the exam by the way.
     
  8. ZG002

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    go out buy the cable.. ya car will be fixed in a matter of hours mate..

    mine took me some time to do as id just got off of two 12 hr shifts :o

    :p
     
  9. Platinum Pete

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    think im gonna give it a go on tuesday- i'll let you all know when it all goes wrong (i have a long track record of braking things that im trying to fix :p )
     
  10. Steve

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    should just unhook from clutch arm and pedal, connect new one pump a few time for self adjusting mechanism to take up slack (if it has one) job done

    Hardest part is scrabbling under dash to unhook/attach to pedal as you have to bend you back over the seat/door sill.
     
  11. Gaygle

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    If you can find a part for cheaper then at the mechanics, can you take it to them still and have them fit it and just pay them for the labour?
     
  12. The_Dark_Side

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    yeah but they usually increase the labour charges a little to make up the difference they'd have made from getting the parts at trade price and billing you at punter price.
     
  13. Dogbreath

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    I changed the clutch cable on my Mk2 Astra so many times I could do the whole thing in about 10 minutes. The Mk3 is very simmilar. The engine side is dead easy, but getting the end of the cable into the top of the clutch pedal is a bit of a nightmare, I used to recline the seat and then lie backwards on it with my head in the footwell.

    Make sure you get a genuine cable rather than aftermarket one, the QH ones in particular are rubbish,
     
  14. Mickey_D

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    Once again, coming into "how do I do this" threads after Dogbreath is an exercise in futility..... :p
     
  15. The_Dark_Side

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    you too?
    in my opinion only of course, qh components are usually poor
     
  16. ZG002

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    yeah thats what i do.. recline the seat and lay on it upside down with head and torch in footwell lol

    oh the fun of it all :p
     
  17. The_Dark_Side

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    i think it's one of those "joys of motoring" things i've heard of.
     
  18. ZG002

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    oh its got to be..

    when you get it all to work you feel amazing also and just HAVE to go for alittle drive lol

    :cool:
     
  19. The_Dark_Side

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    assuming you've stopped the bleeding and still have enough skin to cover your knuckles. ;)
     
  20. Simon

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    On a cable operated clutch it is litterally a 5 minute job.

    Ive changed mine on the side of the road.