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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-09-2009, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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Ok heres the senerio. I have a 2008 Cobalt LT special edition 2.2 Ecotec.. The dealer is rebuilding the transmission for me under warrenty. Should I replace the clutch now while the GM is doing my transmission? They will already have it out so I wont have to pay any labor. I do not really have the money for it but I figure its going to cost a lot more to replace the clutch if it goes bad in the future for labor.

Next question, If i DO replace the clutch, is there a better clutch that will last a lot longer to put in my car?

Another thing is that I do not race or anything, just normal good gas mileage driving.
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how many miles on it? stock clutch if not glazed will last 100k if you want it to, 60k to keep up on it if you know what i mean. exedy stock replacement is exactly what gm uses from the factory. there's a gm upgraded clutch which in my opinion is like a recall that costs you money. the gm upgrade is like 250 bucks and totally worth it. available from the dealer.

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I have 35,000 miles on it now, sorry I thought I put that in my original post, dont know why I didnt LOL. So you think the upgraded GM clutch would be the way to go? Should I do it now why they already have the transmission out to work on the gears? I am thinking its had a decently hard life to already have to rebuild the transmission at 35,000 miles. I bought the car last week from the dealership.

What is so much better about the upgraded clutch that makes it worth it? Sorry for all the questions, I am a cobalt newb.
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Go ceramic, the thing will never die.

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^can you ask them for a quote on how much it would cost to replace the clutch alone compared to if they do it now? I suspect it would be worth it now. but if you do not drive like a maniac, could last you another year or two at minimum.
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i'd say it's a good time to do the clutch if you didn't previously own the car. you'll also need to get the flywheel sent out for resurfacing. you will have to baby the car when you get it for 2 reasons: the new trans and new clutch. give it 2500 miles of easy city driving. don't rev over 5k and don't engage the clutch too hard. feather it a bit but don't ride it. the manufacturer recommends you give the clutch 750 miles for break in but in my opinion it's not ready for abuse til long after that. not sure how you drive but I enjoy a nice sunday morning pull.

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Ok thanks for the advice guys, so I guess everyone agrees on the GM upgraded clutch?
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I always recommend it.

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So I talked to the dealership today, they said they would charge me .5 hours labor to put it in. I guess thats cool. I asked about the upgraded clutch. They had no idea what I was talking about. They said the only clutch kit they have for my car is the stock kit that it has on it now... its 246.87 with a half our of labor which is 45 bucks. So its going to be almost 300 dollars for the same clutch I have now just new. They said it comes with the pressure plate and disc.
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Ok heres the senerio. I have a 2008 Cobalt LT special edition 2.2 Ecotec.. The dealer is rebuilding the transmission for me under warrenty. Should I replace the clutch now while the GM is doing my transmission? They will already have it out so I wont have to pay any labor. I do not really have the money for it but I figure its going to cost a lot more to replace the clutch if it goes bad in the future for labor.

Next question, If i DO replace the clutch, is there a better clutch that will last a lot longer to put in my car?

Another thing is that I do not race or anything, just normal good gas mileage driving.
id go for it... do it while its outta the car... save u time and cash down the line.. since there only gunna charge u parts.. id be all over that deal
and as far as clutch type.. if its yer daily driver and yer not gunna go off the wall and beet on it.... OEM is yer best bet...



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So I talked to the dealership today, they said they would charge me .5 hours labor to put it in. I guess thats cool. I asked about the upgraded clutch. They had no idea what I was talking about. They said the only clutch kit they have for my car is the stock kit that it has on it now... its 246.87 with a half our of labor which is 45 bucks. So its going to be almost 300 dollars for the same clutch I have now just new. They said it comes with the pressure plate and disc.
Well, yeah, theyre only charging for parts, but at DEALER costs, not realistic open market cost, which would be, Im suspecting, way less. But you have no choice here, now.

Im just guessiing a clutch for your cobalt should be no more than $75.00...just a wild guess, based o my experience. Good advice given here though, on getting it done now and knowing youre at a zero base line.

Resurfacing pressure plate should cost maybe $50.00......
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