10-04-2011, 09:28 PM
I have a 96 4runner with the 3.4l engine, 4x4, 207,000 miles, 5 speed tranny. I was having problems with shifting gears and the clutch would not come back all the way. I had the slave cylinder replaced last June 2010. That fixed it for a little while and then my clutch started doing the same thing. Well I put it in the shop and they tell me I need my clutch reworked. From what they are telling me when they are done with it, it will pretty much be a new clutch. They are charging me 1100.00 to fix it and they are a reputable shop that has been around a long time. I am just wondering if those charges are about right?
10-05-2011, 07:45 AM
$1100 sounds like an awful lot. Your issue sounds hydraulic. It could be either the clutch master cylinder or the slave cylinder again. An overhaul or replacement of both should be about $200. Parts are about $50 and it should be no more than a 2hr job.
The clutch itself could be bad with 200K. A bad clutch would be noticed by slipping during engagement. I have also seen difficulty shifting in to gear with worn discs, but that is usually in tandem with bad hydraulics. You probably wouldn't be doing yourself any harm by putting in a new clutch at this point if you are going to keep it. A complete overhaul would include the disc, a new pressure plate, new throwout bearing, new slave cylinder, and new master cylinder. You are looking about $250 in parts ($200 for the clutch parts and $50 for the hydraulics). I would think that you could get the labor for around $500 depending on where you go.