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Hi All

I'd be extremely grateful for any suggestions:

I have a 316i E30 and over the last couple of months I have noticed an intermittent clutch problem, it will work fine but then one time every 50ish when I want to change gear there is almost no resistence when I depress the clutch but then I let the peddle up depress it again and it works perfectly fine!!

I checked the fluids and they seem ok, has anybody else had the same problem or can offer any soulutions?
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make sure there's no leaks and that your brake fluid is topped up because BMW cluthes run off brake fuilds. Try bleeding the system. Also make sure that there's no leak where the master cylinder is. If the bleed doens't work, I think either your master or slave cylinder is going. I had to replace mine not too long ago.
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i know it sounds stupid, but because the issue is so intermittant, i would check the knee bolster under the dash. mine has sort of 'grabbed on' to my clutch before, making it feel as though there was no return force in the clutch. i fixed the issue by simply re-adjusting the bolster.

if you don't know what i am referring to, it's the crappy piece of thin fiberboard composite bullshit that BMW seemed compelled to put below the steering column on our cars. it used to piss me off that this part seemed so cheap and cheesy, until i found out that it is meant to break easily in case of front impact crash. i guess it's better that breaks than your knees...


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