Recently it is getting harder to shift into 1st/2nd and reverse and
downshifting while driving is difficult too. The transmission shop I went
to suggested it may be the pilot bearing.
Knowing that nothing is certain until the tranny is dropped, and assuming
it IS the pilot bearing, there are two available according to the shop. One
of them is standard metal (brass?) w. roller bearings and the other is
ceramic. the price diff is about $100. Is it worth it spending the extra
$100 for the ceramic or should I just go with the regular one?
I've got ~184K. Hoping it's not more than the pilot bearing...What type
of pilot bearing did you replace with? I'm wondering if it may be worth
it to use the expensive ceramic one if it will last forever. With the
labor cost to replace, it may actually be worth the extra $$.
I have almost 190k miles. I replaced everything with OEM, it lasted well all
this time, I figure it will last till I get rid of it in 2-3 years. To get
to the pilot bearing, you already have the tranny off and the Clutch and PP.
Might as well replace it all while you are in there. My neighbor runs a
transmission shop (nationwide with bad rep) and he says one of his top
mechanics can replace a Clutch, Pressure Plate, Throw out bearing, fork &
pivot in about 3 hours or less, but that is with lifts, stands and other
stuff a well equiped shop has.
Oh, and I bought the parts through a dealer in TX and with shipping to CA,
saved lots of bucks compared to the full price my local dealer was going to
sell it to me for.
When they pulled the tranny the input shaft was all munched up where it
rides in the pilot bearing and the clutch fell to pieces. The flywheel was
still well within specs so that didn't need replacing. Total cost was just
under $2000 to replace the input shaft & bearings and the clutch. I wish I
had a lift and another car and the time to fix it myself...would have saved
about $1000 in labor charges. Got a 1 year/12000 mile warranty on parts &
^^^^ has very good prices for transmissions & parts and is a distributor
for South Bend clutches. Unfortunately the transmission shop
wouldn't/couldn't install a customer supplied clutch due to warranty
issues. Probably BS, but what can ya do? If you are a DIY kind of guy this
is probably the company to get your parts from.
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