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300tdi R380 clutch replacement - labour time & cost


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So our 300tdi R380 '97 Defender needs a new clutch - it slips in third and fourth and its hard to get into any gear when cold.

Local LR specialist charges 60 pounds an hour plus VAT labour.

They have estimated 8 hours labout which to me seems very excessive. i recognise that the exhaust and stuff needs to come off and the transmission dropped etc. But I recall the official LR labor time is just under 6 hrs

I was born at night but not last night - this to me seems excessive

What should it take / cost ?

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I can do a defender 300tdi clutch change in 2.5 hrs start to finish.

The only bolts that can seize are the exhaust down pipe ones. On a 300 you don't have to remove the floor. I lift the radiator out, lift the engine up slightly and rotate it 45 degrees and swap the clutch in situ.

Any more than four hours and They don't know what they are doing.

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I can do a defender 300tdi clutch change in 2.5 hrs start to finish.

The only bolts that can seize are the exhaust down pipe ones. On a 300 you don't have to remove the floor. I lift the radiator out, lift the engine up slightly and rotate it 45 degrees and swap the clutch in situ.

Any more than four hours and They don't know what they are doing.

What do you charge for 2.5hrs ?

I'm liking the leave it hanging and fit the clutch in situ.

That's the sort of help/ideas I like to hear about.

Good luck.

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What do you charge for 2.5hrs ?

I'm liking the leave it hanging and fit the clutch in situ.

That's the sort of help/ideas I like to hear about.

Good luck.

I'd charge someone I know £75 to do a clutch on a 300. It would be a lot longer on a pre 300 as you have to pull the floor and tunnel out an invariably have to grind off the majority of bolts.

I have a cut down input shaft off an old r380 for alignment, you can change the clutch and components in a six inch gap. I haven't done one for six months or so but I think the last time I did one the down pipe nuts were seized solid so I just undid the down pipe from the centre pipe and pulled engine forwards and that gave me enough room.

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