long time driver, first time poster. I have an 2008 Grand Vitara XSport with 78000kms with clutch problems. It will rev up in gear faster than the rig accelerates, it gets stiff and tough to shift and you can smell it. I checked the adjustment at the clutch and theres no more freeplay that I can take out of it. We just bought this vehicle used, but are just over the 30 day warranty!
I called the dealer, and they want 600$ in parts for the clutch disc, pressure plate and throw out bearing. They don't price it as a kit and so it all adds up. Given the lifespan of this OEM clutch, I want to look at alternatives. I checked around and Napa and Carquest don't list anything. I even called a North Carolina Clutch and they suspect that Exedy or ACT makes the clutches for these vehicles but can only sell to dealers for a certain period of time...compared to the 2005 2.7L and it shows a different oem part number..
Has anyone had any success replacing their clutch with a non Suzuki part# and if so what did you use??
Please let me know as soon as you can as I have to get it ordered and fixed ASAP..but don't want to pay the outrageous dealer prices.
As you may have read, I used a Exedy kit (SZK-8186) and the kit consists of the clutch disk, cover and slave cylinder.
The part looks the same and are branded by the same company as the parts that were in the car, I don't remember the brand of the slave cylinder but the disk and cover are from Daikin. The OEM clutch is OK in quality maybe it was just misused by the previous owner.
Best prices I've seen so far I think, but need them in short order I'll have to buy from Trento Suzuki.
Had my mechanic take a look, it def is the clutch, chattering pretty bad now, slipping with burning smell. Only thing I can think of is that the last owner rode the clutch! Ah well, she'll be good for another 100000kms+ after this
I'll take pictures of the parts before I have them installed, give measurements if I can, and post, so others will hopefully have more options "down the road.."
Last edited by kennydewit; 03-02-2013 at 08:25 AM.
My mechanic saved the parts and I'll take pics..apparently it was completely worn on one side of the disk and worn bad on the other. The flywheel is also a stepped flywheel, so costs a bit more than avg to resurface!
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