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Q: Bad clutch in my truck

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I have a 2009 Toyota Tacoma with a manual transmission. I was happy up until around 105,000 miles, when the clutch began slipping. Now, I am very careful with the clutch in this truck and have been driving a manual trans for more than three decades now. I am worried that little repairs are going to pop up all the time now with this thing. Very disappointing. How long does a full clutch replacement take?

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Hello! Thank you for writing in with this question. This generation of Tacoma has an adjustable clutch pedal assembly. As outlined in the Tacoma service manual, if the assembly is out-of-adjustment, it could cause slipping. A local mechanic (like those with YourMechanic) can inspect and diagnose the entire clutch system (hydraulic and mechanical) to narrow down the potential problems. Typically, a clutch/pressure plate replacement will run 5-8 hours of labor. It’s generally a good idea to replace or resurface the flywheel, check the condition of the slave cylinder, throw-out bearing, and rear main seal during clutch replacement.

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