How to Replace the Clutch in 1999 Acura Integra

Installing a clutch is not something you want to consider lightly. It will be a hard task, and you must have firstly ample workspace and second the right tools for the job. Unless you are a seasoned do-it-yourself type of mechanic, it would probably be better to go to an auto repair shop. It will take a lot of time, sweat and a coordinated effort to get this done and the vehicle back on the road.
The Helms Manual that is designed for the Acura Integra is a must have for this project. Do not attempt to do this without one.

Tools

tools

  • Impact Gun
  • Jack and Jack Stands Ball Joint Remover
  • 8, 10,12,19,17, and 32mm sockets se
  • Wire Brush
  • 14 and 17mm deep socket set 14 and 17mm 12py sockets
  • Rubber Mallet Chisels
  • Punches Hammer
  • Flat head and Phillips screwdrivers Socket wrenches in various sizes
  • Extension tool for sockets Metric combo wrench
  • Large Breaking Bar Needle Nose Pliers
  • Torque Wrench
  • The Acura Integra Clutch Kit for models from ’95 to ’01
  • These Additional Materials Helms Manual
  • WD40 Safety Goggles/Glasses
  • Wheel Bearing Grease Scotch Tape
  • Baggies Black Permanent Marker

Once you have inventoried and are sure you have everything, then you are ready to start. The first step in replacing the clutch is the removal of the damaged one. So let us begin there.

Make certain you have disconnected the power supply (Battery).

Drain the manual transmission fluid and remove the air intake hose, disconnect the Transmission ground and the backup sensor switch connection. The bolt is designed for a 10mm wrench.

Remove the Radiator hose clamp from the transmission hanger. Start with the loser hose, using the 10mm wrench remove the wire harness clamps on the transmission then disconnect the starter motor, cables, and vehicle speed sensor.

Using the 12mm remove the clutch slave cylinder mount to do this you will also need to use the 14mm wrench as well. Now remove the top 3 bolts on the transmission if you do not see these move the radiator hoses to the side. Take off the splash shield if there is one so you will have access to the A-Pipe 5 Disconnect the A-Pipe and 02 sensors the bolts may need a little lubrication because of the corrosion. It is a great idea to go ahead and change the gasket and any other worn parts while you have it opened up. Separate the lower Ball Joints from both sides of the car remove the cotter pins and the 17mm bolts. Remove both damper forks schocks. One is located on each side of the vehicle.

Remove the passenger side drive shaft. This is a multi-step process see the manual for details on how it is done. Remove the heat shield of any and disconnect the change extension. Next, disconnect the change rod and remove the engine stiffeners. Now remove the clutch cover. Take out the lower transmission mount on the passenger side.

Place a jack under the transmission and use a stand to support the engine remove the upper transmission mount at this time. Next, remove the transmission bolts from the mount and the rear lower mount bracket. Take out the transmission. This is where the coordinated effort comes in because you could not do this by yourself. It will take at least three people. Once the transmission is secured out of the way you will remove the pressure plate, clutch sick and flywheel remove and replace the bearings on the flywheel.

Now the reinstallation begins. Start with the flywheel, torque the bolts in a crisscross to prevent warping; you should tighten in increments moving from bolt to bolt. The torque specs are in the Helms Manual. Clean the surface of the new wheel and grease the splines on the clutch and put it into place. Replace the throw out bearing. Reinstall everything else.