Is my clutch tired?

Submitted: Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 06:04
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Just picked-up a 1993 80 series DX with 224K on the clock. One owner vehicle meticulously maintained since new oils at every 5K etc. I'm planning a trip to the Cape in April and apart from all the regular gear I need to look at like tyres, hoses, belts and suspension etc, I'm at a loss as to what to do with the clutch!!!!!

The clutch in this vehicle is original. The vehicle drives really well and there doesn't seem to be any slip. My concerns are wether the clutch will go the distance? Basically, should I have it looked at in Sydney before we go ie replaced or just embark on the trip and hope it hangs in there? Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Reply By: Member - Jack - Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 07:09

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 07:09
I have just dealt with the same dilemma.

My '91 Landcruiser diesel (non-turbo) has almost 300,000km now, and in recent times I noticed that "burning clutch" smell when I was under "serious" load dragging my trailer out of my very steep driveway.

Have just had a heavy duty Daikin clutch installed. All up cost was just over $1000, but I now have great peace of mind now as I prepare to head off around Oz.

When the old clutch came out the mechanic said it had about 20% left, but would not have gone the distance on this trip. It was the original clutch, so I can't complain. With 224,000km on yours it may be worth considering. I had all but used up the adjustment on my clutch, which first alerted me that it did not have long to go.

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Follow Up By: Damien - Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 07:36

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 07:36
Thanks Jack,

You're right. I've actually just read post # 29681 and I can also hear a slight rattle when taking off and idling in 1st gear. I guess now all I need to do is decide on a genuine Toyota clutch or go the Daikin.
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Follow Up By: Big Woody - Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 07:51

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 07:51
Hi Damien,

After a fair bit of feedback from my original post on clutches and also recommendation from my best mate who is a very good mechanic, they have overwhelmingly said to go for the genuine clutch.
I think one reply had put in a Daikin Clutch and later had to remove it and go genuine.

Brett
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Follow Up By: Damien - Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 08:05

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 08:05
Thanks Brett,

That's settled then. I'll take the advice. Would you happen to know what $ I'm roughly looking at for the real thing?
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Follow Up By: Big Woody - Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 09:13

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 09:13
Hi Damien & Jack,

Sorry I don't know $$$ as I am about to replace the clutch in my 80 shortl. If you find out $$$ please let me know. While the gearbox is out I have decided to replace clutch plate, pressure plate, thrust bearing and rear main seal as I would rather pull the box out once than have to do it all again in a few months for one of these other items.
I won't do the job myself so I will be up for labour too.

Jack, you said you just paid over $1000. Can you tell us did this include labour and just the clutch plate or did it include the other things as well.

Brett

91 T/D 80 Series
285,000 km's with heaps of heavy towing
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Follow Up By: Member - Jack - Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 11:59

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 11:59
Hi Woody:

My costs included labour and parts. Not sure what all the pats were - it was a Daikin clutch kit according to my invoice. Whatever I got, it was all I needed, and it is working really well.

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Reply By: Footloose - Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 09:48

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 09:48
Replacement fitted is around $1200 around here. Try taking off in 2nd gear and see if it slips. When the clutch goes, there's no forward motion...at all. Where she stops she stays. However you should have around 5-20K left after you first notice slipping...if you're on tar and not pulling anything.
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Follow Up By: Damien - Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 12:14

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 12:14
Thanks guys

Just spoke to the local Toyota folks and they can do it between $900 & $1100 bucks.
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