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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Jan 30th, 2014, 09:49 PM Thread Starter
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Clutch & flywheel replace

Hi everyone. I've got a jcw 55 plate 45000 miles. I need to replace clutch & flywheel! Any suggestions and what else should I change along side this? I'm going for a standard system from bmw or should I go pattern parts like LUK? Are these any good and is there any difference in oem Parts & original parts? Thanks Asif
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I personally would use genuine BMW parts if the clutch judders or anything on a pattern part any small cost saving will be lost when the gearbox has to come out again........

While in there it is a good idea to replace the crankshaft rear main oil seal....if it starts leaking later as they sometimes do, it will ruin the new clutch and involve the gearbox coming out again to replace. Also replace the clutch release/thrust bearing as these can become noisy later.

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"The next step is to replace the rear main seal. This seal is an important one as it seals the gap between the crankshaft at the engine block. If this seal were to fail, it would start leaking oil all over the ground and likely onto the clutch plate as well, rending your clutch basically useless. This is one of those 'while you're in there' items that really should be replaced."
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Clutch Kit Supplied & Fitted - R53 £540
"We recommend replacing the rear main oil seal while the gearbox is out and the clutch is off. This seal sits around the crank behind the flywheel and often leaks engine oil over time, sometimes the leaking oil can get onto the clutch plate / cover surface causing premature clutch slip and eventual failure.
We can fit a genuine MINI replacement crankshaft oil seal while the clutch is off for £54
As part of the clutch replacement procedure we have to remove the front sub frame, if your front bushes are worn this is the ideal time to upgrade your wishbone bushes to new Superflex poly urethane bushes saving you £84 over the regular replacement price.
Remove and fit new Superflex front wishbone bushes for £132"
Clutch Kit Supplied & Fitted - R53. MINI - Servicing - Repairs - Tuning - Parts - Spares
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Hi mate. Thanks for all the info much appreciated. What oil would you recommend for the gearbox as I hear this will be drained upon clutch renewal? Thanks
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I use 2 litres of MTF94 but as you will see in link below there are other options, if in doubt check with a MINI Dealership using your VIN number.
http://www.mini2.com/forum/maintenan...tf-lt-3-a.html
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thanks. my garage are saying there would be no need to drain the gearbox oil?! also im going for a LUK clutch & flywheel as its much cheaper and im told its really good?
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Gearbox oil change is not essential on the MCS as box is fairly bullet proof.

I have no experience of using the LUK parts.....I would ask somewhere like 1320 for their advice on pattern/aftermarket parts recommended......you don't want to do this job twice.
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