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How much does it cost to replace the clutch cable?

The average cost to replace your car’s clutch cable is $211—parts cost an average of $119, while mechanic labor costs around $92. Remember that this is just an estimate, though. The total cost to replace your vehicle’s clutch cable will vary based on your vehicle’s make and model and the repair shop you choose.
How long does it take to replace the cabin air filter? A certified mechanic can replace your clutch cable in about 0.8 hours hours. It’s a simple process requiring minimal tools. They’ll first locate the clutch cable, inspect it for damage, and replace it with a new one if necessary.
Here’s an overview of the clutch cable replacement costs for different vehicles:
Estimate DateCustomerCarFair Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostLabor Time
May 25, 2024
Ram 1500
$122
$41
$81
0.7 Hours
May 23, 2024
Chevrolet City Express
$261
$154
$107
1.0 Hours
May 21, 2024
Mercury Mariner
$274
$154
$121
1.0 Hours
May 19, 2024
Chrysler Pacifica
$109
$41
$68
0.7 Hours
May 12, 2024
Mercedes-Benz S
$266
$154
$112
1.0 Hours
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How did we estimate these prices?

Jerry's experts researched and collected data from 2500+ real repair shops in all 50 states in the US, including everything from the total cost of repair services to the hourly labor cost for mechanic labor in each shop. We combined that data with our expert database of hundreds of real repair jobs, thousands of real cars, millions of real car part prices in order to best estimate the cost of each repair service. Our labor cost estimate is calculated by taking the average hourly labor rate for a certified mechanic in the US, times the number of hours it takes on average to complete a repair. We recommend you compare your local shops with Jerry and contact those shops directly to get final pricing for your vehicle.

What parts do I need for my clutch cable replacement and how much do those parts cost?

The clutch cable is a single part, which means when it breaks or becomes damaged, it’s usually the only part you’ll need to replace.
Replacing the clutch cable isn’t overly expensive, with parts costing between $131.81 and $161.10. That said, changing the cable can be a bit laborious—so labor costs average between $105 and $130. You could pay more or less depending on your vehicle and the shop you choose.
In addition to a new clutch cable, you’ll also need the following equipment and tools:
  • Floor jack
  • Jack stands
  • Wheel chocks
  • Wrench set
  • Chisel
  • Electric drill and bit set
  • Needle nose plyers
  • Ratchet with metric and standard sockets
  • Reverse tap
  • Torque wrench
  • Torque bit set
You can purchase clutch cable parts for your car from auto parts stores like AutoZone, NAPA Auto Parts, and Advance Auto Parts, as well as online retailers such as Amazon and RockAuto. Three brands we recommend for clutch cable parts are Dorman, ATP Automotive, and Pioneer Cables. However, the best part and brand for your clutch cable replacement will vary based on your vehicle’s year, make, and model.
When it comes to replacing your clutch cable, OEM replacements are recommended. Although aftermarket cables might be cheaper and easier to find than OEM parts, they’re often lower quality and may need replacing more frequently. 
OEM parts are manufactured to the highest quality and specific to your vehicle’s make and model. For example, an OEM Ford Clutch Cable has a multi-material, layered construction for better heat, friction, and collapsibility protection than aftermarket cables.
While OEM parts may cost more upfront, they can save you money down the road.
If you want to buy a replacement clutch cable online, auto parts stores like NAPA Auto Parts and AutoZone sell them. You can also find them on sites like Amazon and sometimes Walmart. 
Most stores selling automotive parts carry them if you want to buy a clutch cable in person. Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual before buying a new cable to ensure it’s compatible with your car’s make and model.

Where can I get my clutch cable replaced?

Changing the clutch cable on your car might be a simple job if you’re car-savvy but it can be challenging and time-consuming if you’re not. And finding a reputable auto repair shop to have your cable replaced can be tricky—especially if you don’t have a trusted mechanic in your area. 
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makes things easy! You can compare repair service rates from over 2,500 reputable auto shops nationwide in seconds.
Jerry's GarageGuard™ compares fair price estimates from repair shops using their actual hourly labor rate. You can also determine whether you need to budget for diagnostic fees and read actual reviews from real customers to help you choose the best service.
Check out some of our vetted shops below and download the app to compare car repair costs in your area.
174 Reviews
Yoo's Auto Service & Collision
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189 W Duncannon Ave, Philadelphia, PA
Clutch Cable Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$231
(Parts - $146, Labor - $85)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$100
194 Reviews
Welk's Automotive Service Inc
address
8333 W Layton Ave, Milwaukee, WI
Clutch Cable Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$258
(Parts - $146, Labor - $112)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$180
174 Reviews
Das Performance
address
151 Chatham Heights Rd #103, Fredericksburg, VA
Clutch Cable Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$266
(Parts - $146, Labor - $120)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$120
152 Reviews
Olympos Auto Service
address
400 Jericho Turnpike, Mount Vernon, NY
Clutch Cable Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$276
(Parts - $146, Labor - $130)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$135
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How did we vet these shops?

Jerry experts researched 2500+ real repair shops across the US. We talked to real shop customers, and analyzed both real shop pricing data and thousands of real customer reviews from each shop to verify them individually. We do not partner with the shops listed above, and our analysis is always unbiased.

How will a mechanic replace my clutch cable?

Here are the steps involved in a clutch cable replacement:
  • Raise the vehicle on jack stands
  • Remove the old clutch cable from the clutch pedal and transmission
  • Connect a new clutch cable to the clutch pedal and transmission 
  • Remove the jack stands and lower the vehicle
  • Press down on the clutch pedal to check the assembly
  • Test drive vehicle by double clutching 

What happens if I don’t replace my clutch cable?

If you notice signs that you might have a bad clutch cable, it’s important to have it inspected and replaced as soon as possible.
Driving a car with a faulty clutch or a broken clutch cable can further damage your gearbox, starter motor, shifter, or transmission system entirely. Plus, neglecting regular clutch cable maintenance can result in repairs that are far more costly down the road. 

What is a clutch cable and clutch cable replacement?

The clutch cable is an important component of your vehicle’s transmission. It’s responsible for engaging and disengaging your gears when the clutch pedal is pressed on a car with a manual transmission.
Because the clutch is under constant pressure while driving, the cable is prone to wear and tear and should be replaced every few years. 
Luckily, the repair process is relatively straightforward and can be completed quickly by either you or a mechanic. 

How do I know if my clutch cable needs replacing?

Clutch cables typically need to be replaced every two years. If you notice any of the following, though, get your vehicle in for an immediate clutch cable replacement:
  • The clutch pedal is unresponsive unless extreme pressure is applied
  • The clutch pedal fails to revert to its original position after being pressed
  • The transmission is hard to shift
  • The transmission slips out of gear
Sometimes you may just need a clutch cable adjustment. If your foot is rising higher up on the clutch pedal than normal before your clutch engages, call to have it serviced.
Keep in mind that if your car is still under warranty and the cable clutch breaks from something other than wear and tear, it may be covered through your dealership.

How often should you replace the clutch cable?

Because the clutch is constantly used when driving a manual vehicle, it’s subject to a lot of wear and tear. Mechanics recommend replacing it every two years. That said, if you drive more than the average person, you may need to replace it sooner.If you experience symptoms of a bad cable clutch or notice it’s worn during
regular vehicle maintenance
, schedule an appointment to replace it as soon as possible. 

Can I replace my cable clutch myself?

If you’re looking to
save money on car expenses
and are a skilled auto DIYer with the required tools, changing your cable clutch might be a piece of cake. But if you don’t have exactly what you need to make the process easy or are not confident in your automotive DIY skills, this job is better left to a professional mechanic.

FAQs

If your clutch cable breaks while driving, you’ll notice that your vehicle can’t shift into gear and it will be undrivable. If this happens, pull over immediately into a safe place on the side of the road and call for help. The clutch cable is a simple component of your vehicle’s transmission, but it renders the vehicle undrivable when it fails.
If your clutch cable is broken, the clutch pedal will remain stuck on the floor and the clutch system won’t operate, meaning you won’t be able to shift gears. Simply put, there will be no resistance when the pedal is pressed.
There’s no set interval for how long a clutch cable will last—most times, it depends on how often you drive your vehicle. On average, the clutch cable should be replaced every two years, but it's a good idea to have it checked routinely. At the very least, check your cable before heading on a long road trip.

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