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Old 01-15-2004, 06:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Whats the approximate mileage for replacing a clutch? Is it above 100,000 miles or what? Something odd has been happening to me lately. Sometimes when I am shifting the engine keeps revving after I let go of the clutch. This is the process...clutch goes in, shift gear, let go clutch, hit the gas. When i Hit the gas and my foot is totally off the clutch, the engine sometime revs. It will keep revving until I let go of the gas, but after I put on the gass again it works fine. My friend was riding with me today and it happened and he said that its the clutch slipping. Its not frequent, but its totally random. I dont drive my car hard at all and its only got 64000 miles on it, 1998 318ti. THe previous owner was a lady so she didnt drive it hard either. What could be causing this weird revving noise, could it really be time for clutch replacement? How much does that cost for just a stock BMW clutch.?
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Old 01-15-2004, 06:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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yeah it sounds like a slipping clutch, its an early symptom when your engine is spinning and your not moving accordingly. it could be your pressure plate wearing down.
there is no certain milage when you replace the clutch , there is so many factors involved. if i were you id save a little cash for the time when the clutch completely goes its not an inexpensive job.
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Just because it was a woman, doesn't eliminate the possibility of improper driving technique. Some people slip the clutch excessively, which will wear it out quicker.
I've put a clutch in an X5 that only had a few thousand miles on it....driven by an innocent woman, who couldn't possibly be at fault with a brand new car. used
BMW will cover the first toast job under the new car warranty, but after that, your on your own...FYI

It does sound like a clutch slipping to me.
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whats the average for a clutch burnout. i jsut replaced mine this past summer at 147,000. i drive hard, and ive had it since 68,000 and i dont think its been replaced before me.
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Old 01-16-2004, 12:06 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Just because it was a woman, doesn't eliminate the possibility of improper driving technique. Some people slip the clutch excessively, which will wear it out quicker.
I've put a clutch in an X5 that only had a few thousand miles on it....driven by an innocent woman, who couldn't possibly be at fault with a brand new car. used
BMW will cover the first toast job under the new car warranty, but after that, your on your own...FYI

It does sound like a clutch slipping to me.
Whatg do you mean "some people will slip the clutch excessively"? I thought a slipping clutch was when its starting to wear down, like mine is. Is there another meaning to "slip the clutch" that I dont know about? What exactly is "improper driving technique"?

And furious, when you say its not inexpensive, how inexpensive do you mean? Like $1500, 1000, 2000 or what?

Please bear with me here guys...Im no expert. Thanks for all the help
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Whatg do you mean "some people will slip the clutch excessively"? I thought a slipping clutch was when its starting to wear down, like mine is. Is there another meaning to "slip the clutch" that I dont know about? What exactly is "improper driving technique"?
I will answer this one. First there are two ways a clutch can slip. When we are talking about improper driving technique it is when you rev the engine and then start to let the clutch out but not all the way. The clutch starts to grab but untill you let the clutch all the way out it slips. If you slip the clutch often it leads to the second kind of clutch slipping which happens when you have a worn out clutch. When you have a worn out clutch the car will do what the creator of this post has described.

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So thats basically describing how I drive in traffic. I dont let the clutch out all the way cause theres no room to go anywhere, so I rev a little and let clutch out halfway or quarter. So driving like that is bad for my clutch? How is somebody supposed to drive in traffic situations? Cant let the clutch out totally cause I woudlnt be going fast enough or giving enough gas and it would stall.

Thats basically how I learned to drive a stick, I guess my dad was wrong! n
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So thats basically describing how I drive in traffic. I dont let the clutch out all the way cause theres no room to go anywhere, so I rev a little and let clutch out halfway or quarter. So driving like that is bad for my clutch? How is somebody supposed to drive in traffic situations? Cant let the clutch out totally cause I woudlnt be going fast enough or giving enough gas and it would stall.

Thats basically how I learned to drive a stick, I guess my dad was wrong! n
You are driving the way you should, from your description. The clutch has to slip, but what I was referring to is the EXCESSIVE slipping of the clutch. You wouldn't rev the engine to 3 grand and slip the clutch to move 3 feet in traffic would you? No. That would be excessive.
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Ohhhhh.....Now i see. Sounds good then. I will wait a while until im having more problems with clutch then replace. Whats the average cost of replacing one?
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In traffic you have to let the clutch slip a little to move up and then stop.


Don't be like those automatic drivers, you don't need to stick to the guy's ass that's in front of you all the time. I just leave some space between him and me and then slip my clutch for a sec and just roll and stop when i have to.

But yeah..you do need to slip that clutch a little not to take off like crazy.
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