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Honda Civic Car Question

For the record, this is not a “tuner” question. I am a starving student and I may be able to get an older, high mileage Honda Civic for free, but it will need a new clutch.

Does anyone have any experience working on these? Is it worth the trouble to try to do it myself, or should I knuckle up and have it done by a mechanic shop?

I’m not a total mechanical retard, but I grew up working on trucks, tractors and equipment, so I’ve never done any work in a little car and I live far enough away from home I can’t take on a project that I can’t finish in a weekend with certainty.

Thanks,

Conor

Hondas are easy as hell to work on, but a clutch is a tough job on any car. You can probably find a do it yourself guide online, hell if you give me the year I’ll see if I can find one for you. You will need the right tools for the job, and air tools would help (although us T-Men can muscle those tough bolts out). I’d also recommend finding a buddy who has done a clutch job before for an extra set of hands and experience.

Get your hands on a Haynes manual

Can’t help with your problem but I can vouch for the Civic! That’s what I drove in college and I loved it because of the gas mileage. It was awesome for roadtrips, so cheap.

Check your PMs for a treasure chest of repair information. I’d also recommend getting the car as high off the ground as you can, it makes the work much easier.

I actually just installed a new clutch on my friends 99 civic si and to be honest if you have the right tools and know somewhat of what your doing its not that hard. What year civic is it?

[quote]beebuddy wrote:
Can’t help with your problem but I can vouch for the Civic! That’s what I drove in college and I loved it because of the gas mileage. It was awesome for roadtrips, so cheap. [/quote]

Seconded. I hate how low to the ground it is, and I hate that it’s a coupe and not a sedan, but damng, do I ever love my mid- to high-thirties MPG

Thanks for the info Joe84! And thanks everyone else for the input.

I don’t actually even know what year it is, I need to find out. But I do know that it’s old, like 1992-95ish. I need to go get it from Minneapolis, so I might even hire the work out up there, that way I could just go pick it up and not have to haul it back on the flatbed.

[quote]Joe84 wrote:
Check your PMs for a treasure chest of repair information. I’d also recommend getting the car as high off the ground as you can, it makes the work much easier. [/quote]

Hoist that shit up on your power rack.