My RPMs are starting to jump, so I believe a clutch replacement may be in line soon. However, I’m not a huge car guy, and I don’t have much experience in regards to replacing clutches. So, if someone could answer the below questions, it would be greatly appreciated!
(1) The RPMs are jumping occasionally at higher gears (not every time). How long do you think I could go before the clutch dies completely? I’m not a “racer”, and I just use my car for daily driving.
(2) Do mechanics replace clutches based on symptoms alone, or can they actually visually inspect the clutch and determine that it needs to be replaced?
(3) When replacing a clutch, what parts need to be replaced besides the actual clutch itself? Also, I’ve read about flywheels needing to be resurfaced, but is that necessary?
(4) What manufacturer makes good clutches? As mentioned, I’m not a hard driver or anything. Just need something that is good quality and affordable.
(5) Is the best way to save money (I’m a graduate student) to buy an aftermarket clutch and have the clutch installed by a local mechanic?
(6) At what mileages do clutches typically need to be replaced? I know it depends on how you drive. Let’s say you’re a casual driver and simply use your car to get to work, school, etc.
Thanks in advance!