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Old 03-29-2010, 02:00 PM   #1
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I am in the process of buying a car. However it has a few (supposedly) minor issues. Unfortunately, I don't know the first thing about engine repairs. The clutch needs to be replaced which is going to be roughly $150. Also, he said "the motor has a valve tap could be from a bent rod so the head will need to be rebuilt." The car is a 4.6L V8 Supercharged '99 Ford Mustang. Please can you give me an estimated cost of parts needed to repair?
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Approx cost for the clutch 600.00, head rebuild is 800-1,200.00
Parts you can pick up a clutch kit around 150.00-200.00 depends on the quality of clutch you want
the head will run about 500.00 all depends on what the machine shop finds wrong with the head should include upper engine gasket set.
It all depends on where you live.I would cosider the clutch to be a minor problem but I work on cars the head is not a minor job
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more than the car is worth
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Really you can't buy just a decent clutch "kit" for only $150. You can probably buy a cheapo clutch for that but it will likely live a very short life behind a supercharged engine.
Valve tap doesn't mean a bent rod, the two don't go together. (By the way, 4.6 OHC engine don't HAVE pushrods). If you can hear it at the top of the engine, you may have a valve spring/camshaft related problem. You just really are going to have somebody look at it and figure out what the noise is to get any sort of realistic estimate. If it is instead a connecting rod knocking down lower in the engine, the best way to go would be go shopping for a good used engine.
Here in SC, you can get a normal engine swapped for $400-$800 at independent shops. IF you need one. Most shops will charge a bit more than that because of tranferring over the supercharger stuff.
A complete clutch job including something like a Ford King Cobra clutch set will run you about $800. Around here. Lots of places are higher and the Ford dealer's price will likely scare you to death.
Lots of Mustang part places are online so you can price a clutch kit yourself. If you want a MotorSport clutch or something most transmission shops will order you one or don't mind if you buy it yourself.
You can go here-http://www.car-part.com/ to check out prices on good used engines in your area of the country.
Keep in mind the noise could just be something loose somewhere that needs tightening back up, you don't need another engine to fix that sort of thing.
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Old 03-29-2010, 04:15 PM   #5
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Call advance or auto zone price Clutch,Pressure plate,through
out bearing.then ask what they want for a lifter.Call a garage that you trust or comes recommended.They should be able to giveyou
a estimate if you buy the parts that should save you money.
As for the valve tap it is most likely a lifter and they can replace it by removing the valve cover and loosening the rocker arm
remove the push rod then there is a tool that goes down the hole locks on the lifter and you pull it out.put in the new one and reinstall push rod.ask them for a price for that.
Now before you buy this you can not drive it so get it in writing that
if there is anything else wrong with it they will have it repaired at no
cost to you.List it that you will pay to have the clutch replaced and
a lifter or push rod replaced and any additional repairs are on them.
They may have beat the crap out if this and you don't want something
that is junk.It could have a bad transmission or rear end.You may want to have a mechanic go look at it with you.Cover your self!!
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Old 03-29-2010, 05:02 PM   #6
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The clutch is shot and it has a bent rod? Sounds like it has been hotrodded to death. Neither of these are "minor" issues. Chances are this car will require complete engine and transmission rebuilds very soon. A bent pushrod causing a valve tapping is usually the sign of an over revved engine.
Where did you get the $150 estimate for the clutch? That sounds like cost of just cheap parts and no labor. R and R of the clutch will be about 3 times that.
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Old 03-29-2010, 05:59 PM   #7
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If it's a light tap and not a knock. could be just a sticky lifter. Could be fixed with a bottle of ZMAX. If that doesn't work changing the lifters and maybe a lifter push rod would fix it. That is done by removing the intake manifold.
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Old 03-29-2010, 06:47 PM   #8
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Take a qualified mechanic with you to look at vehicle and verify tap noise. Clutch may cost 150 but the labor is gonna be 4 to 5 hundred.

Again take a qualified mechanic before you buy something that will cost you more money than you are expecting. Go into this situation well informed and with your eyes wide open. Take off the "supercharger goggles" and see what is really there.
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