Replacing the Clutch - 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T Long-Term Road Test

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2009 Dodge Challenger R/T: Replacing the Clutch

September 09, 2009


We purchased our 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T back in March of this year. Over the past 6 months we've driven our Challenger more than 10,000 miles andit's taken all we could give. So why are we looking at a picture of its clutch?

Well, just because your brother-in-law says he knows how to drive stick doesn't mean it's true. We loaned our Challenger to the clutch rider for 2 days. That's all he needed to smokeit up.

Anominous stench of clutch was thefirst sign of trouble. So we fired it up. We let out the clutch pedal andfelt asignificantjudder at theengagement point. This wasn'tgood. It was still drivable butclearly upset.There was only one way to get to the bottom of this. Pull the clutch.


Heat scars on opposing sides of the pressure plate painted a clear picture. Ride the pedal and the clutchdisc never truly engages.This causes excessive slippage and generatesmore heatthan the pressure plate and flywheelcan dissipate. The metal surfaces warp, creating high spots. These high spots are marked by theburnt patches.



Similar scarring is evident on the flywheel, as expected. From the first picture in this series you will findthe engine side of theflywheel is alsoblued from theheat.


We opted against a DIY project on this one and that made it a costlyendeavor. All told we paid La Brea Chrysler Jeep $550 in labor for the installation and about $1,100 for parts (pressure plate and clutch disc $417, throwout bearing and sleeve assembly $236, flywheel $464). And now it drives like new.

Oh, and while we were there wesnuck in a 40-dollaroil and filter change.

Days out of service: 8 (waiting for parts)

Cost: $1,800

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 10,500 miles

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