Getting your flywheel resurfaced is a common service that most mechanics and machine shops can do for you. Some auto parts retailers and service centers like AutoZone and Pep Boys may be able to resurface your flywheel — if they have the right equipment. Want to know how often to check your flywheel and how much you can expect to pay for service? Read on for everything you need to know.

Flywheel Resurfacing: When and Where

For cars with a manual transmission, the flywheel is a crucial part of the clutch system, and if it isn’t maintained properly, it can cost you in repairs down the road. To determine if your flywheel needs to be resurfaced or replaced, look for any discoloration, warping, or uneven surface. When should you check? Some sources say you should have the flywheel resurfaced every time you need to do work on your clutch.

Once you get it out of the car, you will need to determine if there’s enough material left to resurface it, or if it needs to be replaced. Consult the factory specifications for your vehicle and its flywheel or take it to an expert.

There are many places that can help you with flywheel maintenance, including determining if it can be resurfaced and resurfacing it for you. For a list of resources, see below:

Note: Keep in mind that replacing a flywheel should cost around $50, and to resurface it should be about $30.

1. Mechanic

If your mechanic is doing work on your clutch, he or she should be able to resurface your flywheel. Some mechanics may do the work on the flywheel alone if you are able to bring it to the shop. A reputable shop is also the best place to ask if your flywheel can be resurfaced or if it needs to be replaced. Mechanics may charge a little more to do the work, but you’ll be paying for their automotive expertise. Search for a mechanic near you.

2. AutoZone, Midas, NAPA Auto Parts, Pep Boys, etc.

Auto parts retailers and service centers like AutoZone, Midas, NAPA Auto Parts, and Pep Boys may be able to resurface your flywheel — if they have the right equipment; call your nearest location to find out. If not, the store may be able to suggest a local shop where you can get the work done. Be aware that store employees may not have the expertise to tell you if your flywheel can be resurfaced or needs to be replaced, so you’ll want to do your research before heading to the store. You can, however, purchase a replacement flywheel from stores like AutoZone. Search for an auto parts retailer near you.

3. Machine Shop

A local machine shop can easily resurface flywheels, and work from a reputable shop will be high quality. Be aware that machine shops may not have specific car knowledge, so you’ll want to make sure you know what you need before heading to a machine shop. Search for a machine shop near you.

In Summary

Flywheel resurfacing is a common service that most mechanics and machines shops can do for you. Some auto parts retailers and service centers like AutoZone and Midas may be able to resurface your flywheel — if they have the right equipment. You can, however, purchase a replacement flywheel from an auto parts retailer. The flywheel is an important part of your vehicle’s drivetrain, so if it looks like it has seen better days and you have your clutch out of your car anyway, it would be worthwhile to take care of it at the same time.

For more on manual transmission cars, see our articles: How to Drive a Manual Transmission Car and Reasons We Should All Drive Manual Transmission Cars.