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Old 07-04-2010, 12:13 PM
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I am getting to do the clutch on my Altima with ~175K miles. Still original clutch and theres some life left. I have the Nissan clutch kit and driveshaft seals. My goal is to get the tranny removed today and also the old kit and flywheel. I have read the helpful post by Red Lion on the swap. Also have the FS and Haynes manuals. Need to read these a bit more closely. I am planning on reusing my flywheel. Will go out to Advance and get the alignment tool today. Just a couple of questions:
1. Do I need to do a full resurface of the flywheel or just rough it up with emery paper? I heard (perhaps folklore!) that you should not resurface the flywheel on hydraulic systems. Is this correct?
2. The clutch fork has a V shaped spring. Is this a part that should be replaced? I will have to get it from the dealership. If the fork appears damaged, I will get that as well.
3. Any other parts to replace while the tranny is out? Everything works like clockwork on the car.

The reason for the replacement is I am moving to Fl (new job) and will not have much access to self maintenance of cars for a while. Will also replace all (most) cooling/heater hoses.

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One more item to replace is the rear engine seal. Thx, aba
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definatly resuface the flywheel and also if its not broke dont fix it
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You don't HAVE to resurface the flywheel. I probably would in this situation since both components are very old, actually I would probably replace the flywheel with a new one if I were you.

If you have the tranny down, you may want to replace the axle seals. It's a thousand times easier to do the axle seals with the tranny out of the car rather than in the car.

Definitely replace the throwout bearing, which should come with a new spring for it.

If you do replace the flywheel, you may as well replace the main seal while you're in there.
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Allblackedout pretty much covered it all.
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Thanks for the replies folks. The tranny is down and I am putting it back together with my son today. I got the flywheel resurfaced and replaced the rear oil seal with a Felpro kit. The pilot bushing is giving me fits. Rented a bushing tool from AZ yesterday, but the jaws were a tad too big. So yesterday bought a Lisle bushing puller that uses grease. Might try that this morning. I am hesitant to pump a whole bunch of grease in the cavity, might stuff some paper (saw this on Youtube) and then use the Lisle tool - to minimize the grease I have to pump in. Might make clean-up easier. Yes, I do have the Nissan original axle seals and will install those as well. The clutch kit is a Nissan "Key Value" kit and comes with the TB and pilot bushing. Bought a cheap alignment tool from ADAP yesterday to help with the alignment of the set-up. I also bought Nissan fork boot (torn) and a fork spring. Other things to replace are most coolant/heater hoses (Gates and Nissan) and both CV axles. Lot of work, but intend to put all back together today. As a side issue, the genuine Nissan curved heater hoses are surprisingly low priced, compared to aftermarket parts.
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