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Hey guys, does anyone have any advice on changing a clutch on a 2001 M5, I am a fairly competent DIY mechanic, changed a few cambelts, clutches on other cars, piston rings etc. I wanted to know if replacing the M5`s clutch is a DIY option! Has anyone else has changed their own clutch? Was it easy, what parts did you need/replace, do BWM have a clutch kit for the M5? Any advice on the subject would be helpful, I intend replacing the clutch with another OEM clutch, not going down the upgrade path!
 

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Pick up a copy of BMW's TIS off of e-bay. That will give full details on how to R&I the clutch assembly. As far as parts go do a search on this site for all the clutch options OEM and after market.

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Was told by BMW that its a 6 hour job. Not bad considering i was quoted 9 hours to retrofit a blue tooth phone kit!??????
 

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Take a look at this writeup for a 540i:

http://members.cox.net/anmillar1/index.htm

The procedure is very similar, (I've compared notes with TIS). As suggested already, buy a TIS off of ebay, well worth it.

If you end up doing it, it would be great to get a writeup with some photos so others can benefit. (I'd like to do this myself within the next year)
 

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Well I am have taken the leap and its in the process of being disassembled at the mo, will try and take some piccies and explain the difference between the M5 and the excellent write up on 540i clutch replacement page.
 

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scoobdoo said:
Well I am have taken the leap and its in the process of being disassembled at the mo, will try and take some piccies and explain the difference between the M5 and the excellent write up on 540i clutch replacement page.

If you encounter any concerns PM me and I will gladly walk you through it.

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I watched the mechanic do my clutch replacement and it only took him 2 hours and some change, I would feel comfortable doing it myself next time, good luck its totally do able, Josh
 

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I watched the mechanic do my clutch replacement and it only took him 2 hours and some change, I would feel comfortable doing it myself next time, good luck its totally do able, Josh
It takes me over two hours to get the car onto 4 jackstands (lol).
 

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Still doing it! I am doing this and working at the same time, but all is going well at the moment, everything is the same as the 540i clutch so far! About to drop the transmission now!
 

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Well it’s all done, finally! Everything was the same as the 540i example, I only replaced the clutch on mine, nothing else, the car has only done 24k so everything else was in good order.<O:p</O:p
Its great having a normal clutch pedal, I bought the car with only 15k on and to be honest the clutch was all but dead then, the "bite" was right at the top of the pedal, now it’s right at the bottom! Gonna take a bit of getting used to!<O:p</O:p

I think its been worth doing it myself, I guess it has taken me aprrox 10 to 14 hours to do it, but this has been at a leisurely pace, that way everything gets done correctly, last thing I want to do is goose it! <O:p</O:p

The few glitches I had were not major, I bought the clutch from europarts, it came in at £240, I didn’t even check with BMW UK, which was stupid, I just presumed they would be more expensive, I am still not sure if they are, I should check just to kick myself or jump with joy at saving a few quid! Anyway the clutch is the exact same as what is on there originally, made by the same firm with the same part numbers, so that was good. But when I came to re-assemble and put in the new clutch release bearing it would not fit, they were a good bit different from each other, this caused me to re-inspect the original, as it had only done 24k it was still in excellent condition, so it went back in, if the car had more miles on it then I would have changed it. The way I look at it the clutch will go again long before the release bearing gives up the ghost. I think it would have been a major hassle to get the right bearing for my car, europarts only have the one clutch kit for the M5, so it would have meant taking the already fitted clutch back off the car, sending it back to europarts and then waiting for another kit from BMW. <O:p</O:p

So number one tip, get the part from BMW!<O:p</O:p

Second slight problem was that BMW would not sell me any specialist tools, the clutch itself is fairly specialised and a generic clutch alignment tool will not do! After a short while scratching my head I phoned LUK technical +448457 001100 (the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas:contacts" /><st1:Sn>Sachs</st1:Sn> clutch people) they had a simple procedure for fitting the clutch with a standard alignment tool, so that saved my bacon! <O:p</O:p

The only other thing is to get a friend to help with the transmission removal and re-assembly! Its heavy and things get very awkward underneath the car if you are doing it on your own! Easy if you have a pit or ramps, more difficult on axle stands!<O:p</O:p

Other than that the job was as described by the excellent 540i write up and TIS, you do need to have a degree of mechanical knowledge, I have done a fair bit to cars in the past, but I am no mechanic, but it was a fairly simple job. It saved me some money (had some fairly wide quotes from BMW, £560 not local to £760 local!) I learnt a few new things about my car and hopefully inspired any of you guys to take the leap! <O:p</O:p

I have some pictures if anyone can host them<O:p</O:p

Thanks for all your help guys.<O:p

:M5launch:
 

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Glad to hear you got things back together, did you reuse the old pressure plate, and if so I was looking on the BMW TIS computer based version from Ebay, and they show a procedure and two special tools for adjusting the SAC mechanism, how did you overcome this hurdle? thanks for the write up, Josh
 

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It saved me some money (had some fairly wide quotes from BMW, £560 not local to £760 local!)
Just for kicks, my local BMW dealer (who has an awesome service department -- seriously the best dealer I have ever dealt with in 30+ years of driving) just did my clutch replacement. Labor was $578 with the BMWCCA discount (15%) included. At the current exchange rate that figures out to about £315. :) I paid an additional $85 in labor for the job since I had them put in a new flywheel as well.

Congrats on the new clutch, and I agree -- it sure feels wonderful!
 

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Congrats on a successful install...

I plan to do a UUC flywheel & SSK/DSSR upgrade within the next couple of months. I now feel much more confident doing this myself.
 

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£315 :eek:oohhh: I wish I could have had a new clutch fitted for that in the UK, just another case of rip off Britain! :rolleyes:
 
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