2011 VW Jetta had a clutch replaced 6 weeks ago, now the dealership says the flywheel is gone and I need a new clutch kit and the clutch had no warranty. Does the clutch kit include a flywheel? HELP!!
No. A clutch kit is disc, pressure plate and throwout bearing. when it was done 6 weeks ago, did the same dealer do it? Because normally they will want to sell you a flywheel in the process. It should have been either removed and machine-planed to a new surface or replaced then. Also, did the dealer take it apart before telling you that it needs a flywheel...or just some guy with a clipboard?
6 weeks- when a clutch is done, the flywheel should be checked- it is sop to change a clutch because those are wearable parts (like brakes)- but usually, a flywheel is good for the life of the engine- that's years and years- just guessin' but the mechanic who did this work should be liable, because they should have inspected the flywheel when the new clutch parts were put in- and if there was a problem it should have been addressed then- now they just want to stick you for the work and charge you for more work- sounds fishy to me- there is a chance that something went wrong that is not their fault, but more likely, they messed somethin' up- have them explain it- in detail- and take along someone who knows cars to listen-
Good call jam. Better than mine
Thank you both so much! She paid $1500 for the first clutch and now the dealership wants $2000 to replace this clutch. The service manager told her this time that the flywheel was burned out, that you could see the burn marks. The car apparently is apart now. I just really am apprehensive about that dealership doing any more work on the car,. I will print this out for her and hopefully she will know someone who can go with her to the dealership.
It will have blue streaks if 'burned out' that would have been easily seen 6 weeks ago, and that is from the flywheel getting hot. The entire torque of the engine is 'grabbed' by the disc on the flywheel, on a flat surface, a plane, pushed and held there by springs in the pressure plate. That's why it's called a pressure plate, it's bolted to flywheel and puts pressure on the disc that has splines in it for a shaft from transmission.
In other words, either the flywheel WAS bad, and they should have caught it while they had it apart- or they are just using this "flywheel" thing as a smokescreen to cover up the fact that their mechanic couldn't put a clutch in correctly- so they are either incompetent, liars, or both-
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