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Old 08-14-2007, 04:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I only started driving standard about a month ago when I bought my 328is. Last night I was screwing around with a buddy on the street and we got in a little bit of a race. I think I was riding the clutch because when I was gassing it was going but not nearly as much as usual it was just revving up to very high rpm in every gear. When I realized this I stopped and there was smoke coming from I guess the front wheel wheel or at least thats the only place i could see it coming from as I was sitting in the car. It smelt like crap after too and popped the hood open. I don't think a noticeable amount of smoke came out from under the hood but it smelt pretty bad. Now my clutch squeeks when the car is off and even when its on at idle, it might squeek the rest of the time when im driving but its not loud enough to hear it over the engine. Also I have to release the clutch much more now for it to actually catch on and speed up. Also it seems lighter to press now altough not a whole lot lighter. My clutch was very hard to begin with i've never driven a car with a clutch as hard as mine it was like a leg work out to press it.What is the extent of the damage I have caused to the clutch? Thank you in advance
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Old 08-14-2007, 05:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds like you cooked your clutch from riding it too much between shifts and not letting it out quick enough. You probably got it really hot too so its probably going to need a new flywheel along with a clutch kit. I would of practiced driving a manual car a while longer before I tried to race anyone.
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How much will the flywheel and clutch kit cost me? something similar to stock and something performance if possible so i could make my decision according to the amount of money needed. Also please post if there are any second opinions, not to be offensive I just want to make sure that is what actually happened! Thanks
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Stock twin-mass flywheel for an M52 is $978 list, clutch kit is $336.50 list. When replacing the flywheel make sure the new one comes with new bolts, also get a new pilot bearing and clutch arm pivot because those normaly don't come in an OE clutch kit. While the transmission is out it would be a good time to replace the flex disc if it is cracked, reseal the transmission and install a short shift kit. Labor time to change a flywheel and clutch is about 6-7 hours, add another 1.5-2 hours if you want to reseal the trans and install the SSK at the same time. Also the exhaust has to be removed to get the transmission out so this would alos be a good time to get a cat-back installed.
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Either that or the clutch fork and/or pivot are dry. Might want to check around to see if some one in your area can machine a dual mass flywheel. They can really mess your flywheel up if they don't know what they are doing.
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You cooked your clutch... Now you know the smell of a burnt clutch
When you replace your clutch you will need to baby it for a few miles.
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When you replace your clutch you will need to baby it for a few miles.
500 miles of easy-normal driving is what is normally recommended by most clutch manuf. for a street clutch.
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Luckily this thing didn't happen to me . bimmer parts are expensive so you really have to baby her. But I don't see my vehicle as BMW; I see it as a car; if you know what I mean. Well I remember I cooked my brother's clutch on his 93 prelude. I'm glad I experience that before getting my e36. I suggest looking around especially only for the prices. I get my parts either from autopartsway.com or pelicanparts.com they have pretty good prices. Good luck; Keep us posted if you can. I wanna hear how your clutch replacement goes on. Thanks.
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thats a lot of money for a flywheel, almost 1000 dollars for stock one? so the flywheel is like 3 times more expensive than the whole clutch kit? is it really necessary to replace the flywheel too?
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