I'm needing to make a trip across the country here pretty quick and after my 2000 Ram 2500 4x4 NV4500 trans taking a good beating this winter, I 'm feeling like my clutch might be nearing the end of its useful life - 168,000 miles. So, does that seem like about the practical life of said clutch and what is "reasonable" to expect cost wise to have it replaced? I've got 2 ests right now - $1600 from a dealership and $1150 from a diesel shop. They said clutch (I'm assuming that's pilot/throwout bearings too) $550, labor $500, $125 to r/r and resurface flywheel.
So, what do you think? I really don't need to get stranded 1500 miles from home with a trailer full of equipment