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Hi guys i'm new to the VW scene and looking for a bit of advice. :confused:

Went to view a 1999 Caravelle last weekend, a lwb 2.5TDi with twin sliding doors. Couldn't agree on a price with the guy selling it so left it and phoned the guy back a few days ago. Since I had looked at it and taken it a test drive the clutch had gone out it.

He tells me he's had a price from one of the garage around here for about £450 to replace the clutch. He never mentioned anything about the flywheel. Would it be sensible to have this changed as a precaution at the same time or is that being to cautious. This is something i've heard, not sure how accurate it is?

I'm basically trying to find out what it would cost to fix so I can come to some sort of agreement to buy the van the way it is and arrange for it to be fixed myself. Not many van on the go up here and i'd like to get this one albeit at the right price.

What's you guys thoughts on a) what work would need done, clutch or clutch & flywheel? b) how much would it cost in a garage & c) how much for bits to do it myself (with the help of a mechanic friend!)

Any info appreciated as I really want this van but don't want to pay over the odds and then another small fortune to have it fixed! :(
 

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Went through this in december and overriding advice was do the whole thing - flywheel and clutch. If the flywheel goes after, it makes a fair mess and you have to do it all over again. As it was I took mine to a light commercial specialist that I trust, and was recommmended to go the single mass clutch kit. All in with labour it was £670. It's a big job, and there's a few threads with photos on. As I understand the engine needs to be lifted a wee bit to afford access.
 

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Thanks for that Jimbo.
What the difference/advantage of the single mass flywheel?

Anyone else had to do this? What route did you go down? Clutch only or flywheel too? Garage or at home?

Cheers guys! :ILU:
 

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:( VW quoted me just shy of a grand before christmas, all in.
Not happy but not really surprised, that was for a DMF and clutch, fitted.

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Hi, that price your looking at does not include the concentric slave cylinder. i have the 2.5 tdi acv 102 engine , igot the solid flywheel and clutch kit from euro car parts. solid flywheel,pressure plate,clutch plate,concentric slave cylinder.£400. go into euro site type in solid flywheel you have to ask for the slave cylinder as that is extra.quality is good . a lot say they are no good i would not go back to a dmf at any price but i drive gentle on the clutch to bed it in properly whatever you decide get all the parts. the price includes delivery.
 

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just looked at euro site, the solid one for your vehicle is not coming up on there site for some reason but they do have it .you would be best ringing them anyway to make sure you get the one you need, as said before you need to ask for the concentric cylinder as that is extra hope you get your van.:)
 

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I've just got a dual mass flywheel and clutch kit + the hydraulic clutch release bearing for £368. I'm taking it to the garage in 5 mins to get it fitted, was quoted £260 for fitting.

Hope that helps.T:
 

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Thanks for all the info guys! T:

Ok so for clutch, flywheel & concentric slave cylinder i'm looking at about £400 for parts plus whatever it costs for fitting.
What about the hydraulic clutch release bearing? Will I need this too?

In terms of the flywheel, what's the advantage to going for a solid flywheel as opposed to the DMF??

Apologies for all the questions, just want to make sure I go into this knowing as much as I can! :)
 

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who is going to fit yours adam? where did you get the kit from?
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I got mine from GSF Lincoln, tis a LUK clutch and flywheel kit and LUK hyd clutch release bearing. I was a cheeky git when I rang up and asked them if they did club discounts and he knocked 10% off. It was even free postageA:

Its getting done at Tommy Sant Car Care near Asda, as they are one of only a couple of places I trust.

I will update with total cost tonight when i get the van back.
 

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Just had a new clutch and dmf in mine. I bought a LUK one from europarts but discovered after it was £30 cheaper in GSF dammit.

Defo glad i did it though as the van is much smoother both on pullaway and tickover - the flywheel must have been on its way out. For fitting I paid 5 hours labour at £45 per hour plus VAT.
 

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From what everyones saying then the best way to have it fixed is to buy the parts myself and give it to a garage to have them fitted. Seems to be what you guys have done. I take it the garage would charge a small fortune if you just handed the van over and asked them to fix it?

So only question left, should I replace like for like (ie D.M.F.) or go for a single mass flywheel?
What's the advantages/disadvantages etc. :*
 

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If you get the garage to supply the clutch it might be easier to make a claim if it goes wrong - i.e any warantee would cover parts and labour. They might source the clutch from GSF if you ask them though.

There is a lot of discussion on the dmf/solid flywheel issue in previous threads. I went for dual mass as its supposed to reduce vibes and give the drive gear an easier time. I think if you are going for a big power increase then solid might be stronger but for my standard van I used a standard setup. No complaints anyway.
 

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regarding solid flywheel, best to ask someone thats had it done like me or you could ask tonybaloni on forum. solid one dont fall apart and distroy your gear box.:eek:
 

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how much is the concentric slave cylinder aka release bearing? can it be changed easy without doing the rest (dmf/ clutch)? apparently according to my local vw tech when doing my belts last yr the release bearing is on its way out. you get some light rattling... all seems to drive ok but didn't want to fork out for a new clutch/ dmf if i can help it.

sorry for hi-jack


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Hi, to get to the concentric slave cylinder is same work as doing the whole clutch as its in the gear box bell housing so most have the lot done as its about a 5 hour job at garage and if some other part of clutch goes its another 5 hour job.
 
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