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Volvo 850 clutch release bearing

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Volvo 850 clutch release bearing

Postby lyndon » Mon Jan 16, 2012 6:51 pm

Can anyone tell me how long it will take to replace the clutch release bearing on my 850.And is it a hard job to do.Thanks

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Re: Volvo 850 clutch release bearing

Postby taxi » Mon Jan 16, 2012 9:16 pm

Hi there, yes its a big job! You have to remove the gearbox to get to it. Either take engine with gearbox out of the car, or lower subframe and tilt the engine to get it out.
Its not impossible, I did it and I am not a mechanic, and if you are one, it should take a day. It took me about two weeks :oops: with maybe two hours every day!

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Re: Volvo 850 clutch release bearing

Postby billofdurham » Wed Jan 18, 2012 6:31 pm

The Volvo book time is 5.3 hours for replacement of the clutch plate, cover and bearing. That is for a Volvo trained technician. Several special tools are also required.

If you are doing such a complex job you might as well replace all of the components rather than have to take it all apart again.

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Re: Volvo 850 clutch release bearing

Postby lyndon » Thu Jan 19, 2012 8:31 pm

Thank you very much, Taxi and billofdurham :D

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Re: Volvo 850 clutch release bearing

Postby Ozark Lee » Thu Jan 19, 2012 8:44 pm

I was able to replace mine in the driveway with "home made" special tools. The big one is a tool to suspend the engine to keep it in place after you drop the subframe. Mine took me nearly a month but I had a big job running out of town and it seems like it was raining every weekend when I got back home. In reality, 2 or 3 good days will get it done for a shade-tree mechanic.

While I had the transmission out and was getting the flywheel resurfaced I also replaced the rear main seal. The old one wasn't leaking but at 235 k miles I thought it would be a cheap preventative measure.

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