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Old 01-03-2008, 03:54 PM   #1
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Default Clutch AND Engine

Just checking to see if this makes sense but we were told by a self employed Saturn mechanic, that if we changed the clutch in our 98 SL wagon (150k miles) then we would probably need to rebuild the engine soon thereafter. Something about the extra torqe or whatever power you gain out of a new clutch will eventually cause problems for the older engine.

I just don't remember worrying about that back in my backyard mechanic days. Or is it a Saturn issue.

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Old 01-03-2008, 04:06 PM   #2
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Just checking to see if this makes sense but we were told by a self employed Saturn mechanic, that if we changed the clutch in our 98 SL wagon (150k miles) then we would probably need to rebuild the engine soon thereafter. Something about the extra torqe or whatever power you gain out of a new clutch will eventually cause problems for the older engine.

I just don't remember worrying about that back in my backyard mechanic days. Or is it a Saturn issue.

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That's the biggest bunch of crap I've ever heard. All the clutch does is help you apply the torque that the motor is already making to the drivetrain. The clutch has nothing to do with engine longevity in that sense.

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Old 01-03-2008, 04:50 PM   #3
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Old 01-03-2008, 05:01 PM   #4
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He must have to buy some new chest waders since all the BS he is coming up with is too deep for the hip waders he has now.

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Old 01-03-2008, 05:37 PM   #5
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Old 01-03-2008, 06:27 PM   #6
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I am a factory trained, Saturn certified tech. This is one of the most ridiculous lines of BS I have ever heard. I would take my business somewhere else if I were you. If he's willing to make up lies as outrageous as these, who knows wether the work he is trying to sell you is actually necessary, or if he's just trying to improve his own bottom line.

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Old 01-04-2008, 12:15 AM   #7
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Maybe he's thinking of the thrust bearing.

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Old 01-04-2008, 12:03 PM   #8
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Must be trained by haynes. They love to pull the motor to change the clutch.

Found a receipt in an s-car I bought from a corner gas station that did a clutch in 3.5 hours and came out <$500 including a tune up and oil change too.

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Old 01-04-2008, 12:16 PM   #9
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Maybe he's thinking of the thrust bearing.
Yeah, if a clutch is toast, it could (notice I said could) indicate poor clutching technique. If it's wear due to excess slippage, the bearing should be OK. But if the technique also includes holding in the clutch at stop lights, etc., the bearing could be toast too. I bought a SL2 with a bad clutch at 183,000 miles - the thrust bearing was shot and so was the crank.

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I suppose the thrust bearing could be a possibility but, if it's shot, I'd expect there to be some noise. How did things sound before it went?

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Old 01-08-2008, 12:17 AM   #11
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Well, you know, new pressure plate with nice new springy fingers to put more stress on the crankshaft when you press the pedal.

But honestly that's not really revelant with a stock replacement.

As far as performance aftermarkets...well, yeah you can just read about those taking out the crank in just several thousand miles unfortunately...

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Old 05-28-2008, 05:50 PM   #12
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Someone said if the thrust bearing is bad too it could also lead to needing a crank and therefore an engine. They said you might be able to try and pry a long screw driver or breaker bar near the pully and see if there is any play. If so it could be the crank problem.

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