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It sounds like you need a new clutch.
Has this been a sudden failure?
how expensive would be to change it and how long it will require to a proper mechanic to do it since I am very dependent on the van and I cant wait for days to sit in service
Yes it had been a sudden failure
What engine do you have?
It takes about 3 hours to replace a clutch.
5 gears ford T350
Prices vary for parts depending on where you buy from and the same with labour rates.
average expense including new clutch would be around what price?
What does your garage charge per hour?
as I have been told somewhere between £600 -£1000 which seem exagerate
it was a local small garage
That could be right if it also needs a new dual mass flywheel.
A clutch kit is about £200 and about £250 for a flywheel. But prices can vary depending on where you buy from.
A garage charging £50 per hour would result in a bill of £600 at least.
What did the garage quote you for?
how would I know if they will really change the flywheel as well, and not charge me for with out change it it? Or is it a regular thing to change the flywheel when changing the new clutch?
Dual mass flywheels are considered to be a wear item and it is recommended they be checked when replacing the clutch and if outside wear limits should be changed.
All you can do is ask for all the old parts back after the job is done.
Some garages might offer to fit a flywheel and clutch conversion kit which is a bit cheaper.
The downside to these kits is it could cause excessive vibration when driving.
The duel mass flywheel dampens engine vibration.
I don't know how the flywheel looks and they could give me anything to tell me that that it is from my van. So I should ask them to change with original parts?
Original parts will be a lot more expensive. The prices I quoted earlier were from motor factors.
It could cost about £1000+
I see. So I should ask them not to use a conversion kit at all?
Click on the link for various pictures of dual mass flywheels.
I would not use a conversion kit personally.
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