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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 09-20-2004, 01:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I can't find a pattern to this behaviour beyond the fact that it seems to occur more often in stop-start traffic.

All of a sudden I'll not be able to find a gear. No matter how hard I push in the clutch I can't engage a new gear.

If I stop the engine and select a gear I can get going again, but sometimes even this doesn't work. On those occasions I have my foot fully pressed down on the floor and the gear 'engaged' and when I turn the ignition the car lurches forward. In these situations there is no pressure in the clutch pedal it just gets pushed meekly in with no 'springback'

Most often things return to normal after the car has been stopped for a while or after I've 'pumped' the clutch pedal a few times.

This 'situation' occurs once or twice a day. The rest of the time its fine.

What can I check out? What could be the cause ?
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clutch master cylinder? i have no idea... that would be my guess. kinds hard to diagnose over the internet.
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