Right I know this a bit of a mad question!
How hard is it to change the clutch on a GTV?
I realise its a big strip down job so very time consuming but could it be done on axle stands and a jack?
The reason I ask is, I am bloody skint. I can't afford to send it to a garage knowing its going to cost me the best part of a grand. I had money set aside for it and then the cam sensor snapped off and it cost me £1200 to sort that out.
£1200 for the cam sensor change
That seems more than a bit wild to me??
The clutch isn't a bad job to do, would be time consuming for someone who is inexperienced though.
These days I usually leave the inner CV joint cups in so as to save doing the gearbox seals and oil to be honest.
Apart from the clutch (friction plate, pressure plate and thrust bearing) you shouldn't really need any other parts IMO.
You can do it with a set of axle stands and a trolley jack, but you'd need a few spare hands to help remove the gearbox as it can be awkward to remove, move out of the way, and refit.
Basically (note, basic idea) you'd need to remove the wheels, pop the ball joints, pull the shafts clear of the box (loosening the inner CV boots if you want to leave the cups in), remove all the gubbins that are on the gearbox and in the way i.e. airbox, hydraulic clutch connections etc, then the starter motor. Next its a case of removing all the bolts around the bellhousing that connect the box to the block, gearbox mount, wiggle the box off the input shaft and pull it out of the way.
Thats a basic idea of it all, depending on the car and the condition of the bolts (if they are rounded or rusty it can stretch the job out) it can be done in a day.
My database has it down as a 6.8 hour job to remove and install the clutch (from scratch). I can usually do jobs in about 75% of the time it states and I don't have a ramp, so if you add in time for searching for tools, tea breaks, swearing and head scratching it should
be easily done in a day.