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ldoyle
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Jun 13, 2017, 9:11 AM

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01 2500 4x4 ram
Clutch replacement
I am asking for anyone`s recommendations and / or comments on doing this
Not quite sure but if I decide to attempt it myself , which clutch kit would any of you recommend ? I`m guessing the kit will have everything I need in it , assuming there is nothing else wrong /damaged with transmission . Keep in mind that this is for an all stock application , and no heavy pulling/towing involved .
Reasons I`m considering :
Pros : cost , I am mechanically inclined , I can follow directions / advice
Cons : I am 70 years old but not an invalid , No type lift available , work will be on floor so to speak


Hammer Time
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Jun 13, 2017, 9:14 AM

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This is a 4 wheel drive transfer case that weighs probably 500lbs. It will require precision alignment when going back in. There is no way you will do this without some heavy duty equipment, not to mention you can be seriously injured doing it.



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Jun 13, 2017, 11:14 AM

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Wow....That's kinda a big job to tackle on your back
You haven't really mentioned your background in auto repair... but even for a novice DIYer, this would be a big job. Someone with no experience could be in for a lot of trouble....
70 is a bit old for even an tech to being doing this kind of work....its a young mans game.....
I'm pushing 60 and just passed on a clutch on an 05 Neon for the exact reason I didn't want to be on my back....and that one would be a cake walk compared to a 4x4 Ram....






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ldoyle
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Jun 13, 2017, 12:06 PM

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Wow , thanks guys . That`s why I asked the question here . That`s things I didn`t know that would surely effect my decision to even think I might want to try it . Guess I will start looking for a good local mechanic who does this sort of repairs . Thanks again for the advice .


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Jun 13, 2017, 12:16 PM

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Plain weight that would be too much for me unless really wanting to do it.


It's really critical to hold steady as a front shaft of trans going thru clutches you can't allow any weight to bend the clutch disc or do the job all over again if you warp it so must know it's in line till tight. You need 4 hands for a couple minutes even with lots of equipment. Nothing way too technical just a mistake you have to avoid.


You also said working without much to even hoist it enough and get creative still say not worth it hurting yourself or a failed job,


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Jun 13, 2017, 12:57 PM

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Well good luck on your search, hope you find a good one who gives you a fair price.


Just a thing or two that I will mention that may or may not help.....After having to fix problems that came in created by guys doing side work that got in over there heads....There are basically 2 types of guys out there doing side jobs.....Ones that are good techs, usually working at shops who just need some extra money and then there are the ones who really don't know what they are doing and are basically hacks...


Unfortunately sometimes its really hard to tell from taking with someone.......some of these guys can talk a real good game but can't back it up...
Working at the same shop or at least been at a shop for 3 or more years is a plus........certifications are a plus.....not 100% but does carry some weight....
And the one thing to stay away from is guys who offer to pick up and drop off your vehicle......while it may seem like great customer service....The main reason they are doing this, is they don't want you knowing where they live......If all you have is a cell number....If something big goes wrong....they just block your number......


Hope things work out for you and if you have anything other questions or concerns........feel free to ask away






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ldoyle
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Jun 13, 2017, 1:07 PM

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Thanks guys . All good info . I guess I was thinking of how things were in the 60`s-80`s when it was mostly simple working on your autos . Things are more critical and complicated now . I will not be trying this on my on .
Still have a question on the kit . Should I , if another is recommended by the mechanic , go with stock kit from the dealer or maybe a after market kit from Auto Zone or some other parts supply house , or just leave it up to him ?


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Jun 13, 2017, 1:16 PM

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4X4 and Heavy Duty is the difference. Same concepts just the weight is unmanageable,


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Hammer Time
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Jun 13, 2017, 1:23 PM

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You don't necessarily have to go with factory parts but if you go aftermarket, go with a name brand, not the white box Chinese stuff.



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Jun 13, 2017, 1:35 PM

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Yea some of the systems were a lot simpler back then....Personally I actually prefer the newer stuff....To me its easier to diagnose and work on...just seems "tech friendlier"...especially wiring harness and dash work.


As far as the kit goes....I always liked using factory parts when I could...In all areas there are good parts houses with quality lines they supply local shops with...For a job like this I would stay away from the discount places.....While the price may be attractive along with the lifetime warranty....You still have to take it all back apart to put the warranty part in....... Check prices and if the dealer price is even close to the aftermarket price.....go factory....I have never worked with a tech that that wouldn't want to use a factory part over an AM part (barring a few factory design flaws).


As far as price goes.....Call around....I'm assuming you already know what it's going to cost at a shop (call a couple more and get prices)...This way if you decided you want to pick a guy on the side...If his price is close to the shops price....This one would probably be better done at a shop.....You will get some kind of a warranty at a shop, the tech (we would hope) is qualified to the do the work and the have the right equipment to do it....






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