Flywheel resurfacing is a common service that most mechanics and machine shops offer. Some auto parts retailers, such as NAPA and O’Reilly Auto Parts, may also be able to resurface your flywheel at locations that have the right equipment. Below, we have what you need to know about when and where to get your flywheel resurfaced.
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 resurfaced properly, it can cost you in repairs down the road. To determine if your flywheel needs to be resurfaced or replaced, look for discoloration, warping, or uneven wear. Some sources say you should have the flywheel resurfaced every time you need to do work on your clutch.
Once you get the flywheel 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 determine whether your flywheel can be resurfaced, and can resurface it for you if so. Some of the places that can help you with flywheel maintenance include:
Auto Parts Retailers and Service Centers
Auto parts retailers and service centers may be able to resurface your flywheel. 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.
NAPA Auto Parts and O’Reilly Auto Parts offer flywheel resurfacing at select locations. Not all NAPA or O’Reilly locations have the right equipment available for resurfacing, so you should always call your local shop to check before visiting. If your local store doesn’t offer flywheel resurfacing, an associate may be able to suggest another local business that does.
It’s often easier to visit a mechanic or machine shop than it is to find an auto parts retailer that offers this service. Many of the businesses we called do not offer flywheel resurfacing. Auto parts stores and service centers that do not resurface flywheels include:
- Monro Auto Service and Tire Centers
- Pep Boys
Local Machine Shops
A local machine shop can easily resurface flywheels, and work from a reputable shop will be high-quality. Be aware that some machine shops may not have knowledge specific to cars, so you’ll want to find an automotive machine shop or make sure you know what you need before heading to the shop. Search for a machine shop near you on Google.
If your mechanic is doing work on your clutch, he or she should be able to resurface your flywheel at the same time. Some mechanics may work on the flywheel alone if you bring it to the shop. A reputable mechanic 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. You can find a local mechanic by searching “mechanic near me” on Google, or by using the Napa AutoCare store finder, which offers a certified network of local, independent mechanics, collision centers, and truck centers.
Flywheel resurfacing costs vary depending on the average prices in your area, whether you’ve already removed the flywheel from your car or need to have it removed, and whether you go to a mechanic, store, or machine shop. The service should usually cost around $50 or less.
Flywheel resurfacing is a common service that most mechanics and machines shops can do for you. Some automotive retailers like O’Reilly Auto Parts may be able to resurface your flywheel at certain locations. Call ahead to your local store for availability. Auto parts stores also sell flywheel replacements, if you want to replace the flywheel yourself instead of having it resurfaced.
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.