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2017 MGB Clutch Replacement; possible transmission recondition
« on: February 13, 2022, 11:11:33 AM »
Hi, I have a 2017 MGB 40,000 original miles and I need my clutch replaced & all new seals because i have 4 leaks. I am asking for any members opinion on the following 3 garages: Target Auto/Hollywood FL, British Auto/Ft. Lauderdale, & MG Centre Boynton Beach.

A local auto repair shop quoted me 25 hours labor X $150 plus parts. I do have 4 leaks so I will need all new seals. He said he needs to remove the engine. This could total $4500 plus anything he finds in the transmission.

The car runs great except clearly has a clutch problem, hard to change gears, car pulls forward or backward with clutch depressed and in gear (first or reverse).

Thanks, Larry 586-457-5024


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Re: 2017 MGB Clutch Replacement; possible transmission recondition
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2022, 02:26:24 PM »
Hi Larry,

You mention that this is a 2017 model?  From your description, I'm sure that's a typo, so you might want to clarify that.

Unfortunately, all years of the classic MGB require the engine be removed to replace the clutch.  The transmission cannot be removed as an America car because of a welded crossmember that's part of the chassis under the firewall that it can neither be removed without cutting and the integral bellhouse (which you cannot just unbolt the gearbox from) will not fit past it.  Best to pull it all out as a unit. 

25 hours sounds like a lot of time for this.  I do a clutch change myself in about 10-12 hours, so half their estimate. And I'm sure they have better equipment than I do.  Maybe he's figuring 2 mechanics full-time for the job?  Any way, that's a lot of time and money. 

Also, have you checked your clutch hydraulics?  A faulty master or slave cylinder allowing air into the system can give you the that same 'partially engaged' feel and difficulty getting it into and out of gear as a really badly worn clutch.  I might invest in having that checked and/or replaced.  Parts run between $100-$200 from Moss or other catalogs and that includes the 2 cylinders and the flexible line at the slave cylinder.  And that flexible line has been known to deteriorate internally and act as a check vale with the same results.  If you have not done it recently, I'd check that first.  It's a DYI type job, but not terrible to get a (cheaper) mechanic to do it.  It's a similar set-up to some modern cars, like a Miata, so there should be a non-MG specialist mechanic or transmission shop around that can handle that for a decent price.

I hope that helps you.  Let us know what you find.

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Art Isaacs
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