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Help with Clutch Return Spring
My 1986 325 needed a new clutch master cylinder. I managed to get it replaced but now as I try to reconnect the pedal to it it looks like I am going to have a problem. The spring at the top of the pedal assembly is there, and looks OK, but when I put it in it's resting spot and press the pedal it goes "over center" and by the time the pedal gets to the floor the spring is helping to hold the pedal down. It works this way even if I have the master cylinder rod hooked to it. It didn't do this before, so I am trying to figure out what I have done wrong on re-assembly.
Without the MC connected to the pedal the pedal sits way up high due to the spring pressure but, like I said, when I push the pedal down it gets to a point where the spring starts helping to hold it down and it will not return from sitting on the floor.
I have not touched the adjustment that appears to be in the spring bolt, and the location where I am mounting the other end of the spring is what appears to be a notch in the metal, holding the spring in a horizontal position. I have tried repositioning the spring, up higher, and probably not where it's supposed to be, but that actually helps a little bit, but does not keep it from going over center when pressed down.
There is nothing in the MC as I have not replaced the slave cylinder yet. That is next.
Can anyone tell me what I did wrong, and how to fix it?
1997 E36, 125K
1986 E30, 323K, sold in 2014.
Other vehicles: 99 and 96 Dodge Ram 2500's, 4x4 DIESEL. Twin turbos, 600 hp and 12's in the 1/4. I wish could afford a BMW with a diesel.