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Old 07-23-2014, 02:52 PM   #1
laquer09
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I'm looking for a shop that's really solid in the transmission dept. I replaced my clutch entirely stock about 10 months ago (maybe 6K miles on it now...at the time less than 3), had a mishap getting stuck in the snow this winter and I shamefully beat up the clutch pretty good trying to get out. My fault entirely, I know and I admit. It's been in pretty rough shape since and now it's slipping especially when its really hot outside/very sunny.

Here's the thing though...I've had a few mechanic-folk tell me that likely that the entire system is not destroyed, and that a best case scenario is that I just need the flywheel resurfaced. There's a lot of money between entirely replacing and only having the flywheel resurfaced and so my only option is to rely on whomever I end up taking the car in to.

The shop that I go to for general maintenance and mech also installed this clutch, and to be honest, I think they may have not been the best choice (immediately started getting neutral switch cel msg's after they installed it, and they told me i needed to replace the switch when i brought it to their attn) I would really appreciate recommendations on a place that would be honest and descriptive and with any luck, IN chicago.

Thanks - you guys have saved me before and you rule.
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Old 07-23-2014, 03:21 PM   #2
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Old 07-23-2014, 03:52 PM   #3
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I would say I could probably do it at a shop out in hoffman estates. And if I don't have time then I'll have one of the mechanics do it and they are top notch no bull****. I have removed and replaced 02-04 transmissions for the 5th time this year. I'm well versed.

Anywhere you go just prepare it to possibly take more than 1 day if they can't get out to the machine shop to have it resurfaced right away. Also if the clutch is garbage then prepare to buy a new one too. The last thing you want to do is put back in a badly glazed clutch on a fresh flywheel. Might need to lightly sandblast it.

Replacing stock clutch I think is pretty inexpensive too - obviously after 6k you wouldn't want to replace it though. Did they resurface when they first installed the new clutch? because usually a lot of places don't and now you see what happens. Might actually have to grind the flywheel instead of resurface to get the surface burn marks off.
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Old 07-24-2014, 11:36 AM   #4
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Mark at APM Tuned probably has one of the quickest turn around times i've seen for a clutch type job. Give him a call to see what his schedule is like. (630) 833-8911
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Old 07-24-2014, 11:37 AM   #5
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+1 for Mark. And while you're there, he can talk to you about all sorts of great work they can do for your car.
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Old 07-26-2014, 03:38 PM   #6
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Thanks for setting up with us Mr. Laquer, we'll be seeing you soon and getting that REX worthy of your right foot again.

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Old 08-10-2014, 08:48 PM   #7
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+2 for Mark at APM.


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