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Old 10-11-2006, 01:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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clutch went bye bye

ok, so im driving home from skool, traffic starts building up i start downshifting, but it feels hard, very hard, i pull over onto the shoulder and stop completely, i cant get my car into 1st or any gear, i turn off the car and kind of get it into first and manage to drive to my mechanics place, 1st and 2nd are hard to get into and car shakes horribly, got to the mechanic, horrible burnt clutch smell...i need a new clutch now, 270 for the clutch and 300 for labor! i want to cry!!!

im gonna look around see if i can get a better price for the clutch kit, if not i have until 3 so he can overnight the part


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That sucks dude! Don't ya hate that smell? But honestly that price doesn't sound all that bad
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Old 10-11-2006, 01:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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yea, i guess the price isnt that bad, but still, 600 fu**ing dollars! i was trying to save up money, but there goes my monies...i wanna cry

and yea, smells horrible

it was weird thou, do clutches just give out like that all of a sudden? i dont think or remember having problems before..??? will my car feel different with the new clutch? and is there anything i should have my mechanic do whilst under there???

edit: actually i wanted to have him put a short shifter in there now that he had the tranny down, but i cant get one fast enough and i need my car to get to school and work ftl...
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well concidering I've seen clutch jobs go from 600-1000 I think you got a good deal...Old clutches can just fail you may not even notice that the gradual changes...chances are after the new clutch is installed you will notice a difference, based on what clutch you get it could feel heavier...if you trust this tech, and he's got a good reputation he'll know what to check while he's down there.
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The clutch bite point will feel different on a fresh clutch...and yes, it can give out all of a sudden :-)
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Old 10-11-2006, 01:30 PM   #6 (permalink)
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well the clutch is oem, gettinf it from the dealer, and the guy is pretty good at what he does, he used to work and a bmw dealership, so he knows his bimmers

do i have to like break in the new clutch?


M3UOND, by bite point im guessings it where it engages? feel different? how so?
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The "bite" will be more firm all that fresh clutch pad to grab! I wouldn't suggest racing on your first day with the new clutch but other than that you'll be good to go. Oh and I'm glad to see that you got OEM parts, good call.
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o ok, kool, yea, i didnt even bother to look elsewhere for a clutch, 270 sounded reasonable so yea, i miss my car
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yay! clutch cylinder broke too!! i got to spend another 80 dollars!!! and my car still doesnt work, makes a weird noise when u put it in gear, a grinding noise, but not hard hurt grinding like when u try to put it in gear without pushing in the clutch...the car stays in the shop another day...
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no idea, mechanic said since verything was new except some bearing? maybe thats it? i dunno, ill find out later around noon
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well he showed me a bearing that he had and said that if it was the bearing and it fit he would use it, but i think he was talking about the clutch center bearing, is that the same thing as a throwout bearing?
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ok, so i went to check on my car, they fixed that grinding problem, but another problem arose, now there a rubbing-grinding noise when u let go of the clutch, the guy said the car drives and shifts fine, except for that grinding noise when u let go of the clutch...
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ok, car worky now, it was that bearing i mentioned earlier, car does feel a little different, maybe cuz ive been driving a yukon since the clutch went out, im mostly broke, but at least my car works
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