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Old 05-24-2004, 07:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 1998 BMW 328i with 57k miles. Occasionally, the car will stall when I'm starting from a dead stop as I let out the clutch. It seems to happen in warm weather as I live in Ohio and we've just started getting nice weather. I have a week reamining on my extended warranty. Should I take it in and have them check it out? Could it be a problem covered by the warranty?

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have you been driving the stick for very long? or is it definately a problem with the car?

there is a method to test the clutch
-start the car in 4th gear, let it run for a second then let the clutch out and let the car stall
-if it stalls immediately your clutch is fine, if it takes a second to stall then your clutch is wearing out or its already worn out
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T-Mac, I'll try the 4th gear clutch test... I've been driving a clutch car on and off for 15+ years. I've never felt the clutch slip, but that may not mean anything. Could it be the Idle Control Valve?
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Is the engine bogging right as you let the clutch in, or is the clutch in completely when the engine begins to stall out? I think you should definitely take it in before the warranty expires.
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It happens right as I'm letting my foot off the clutch. I'm not popping the clutch or anything. Like I said, I've driven a clutch for yaers. When it happens, it takes me completely by surprise and the car stops dead.
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This may be a stupid question as you said you drive stick for more than 15 years. However, are you giving it any gas when you let off the clutch? BMW's have very heavy flywheels so you would need to give it some gas unlike a lot of other cars. If your car only stalls when you let off the clutch from stop, it's either your clutch or the driver (no offense). Any check engine lights?

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