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Old 04-06-2005, 10:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 96 328ic with manual transmission. Mileage is 99,000. Recently, I have to give it more gas than normal to get it moving into first gear. And when it does catch, I feel a slight repetitive thumping on the clutch. Any ideas on when this could be?

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Old 04-06-2005, 02:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have a 96 328ic with manual transmission. Mileage is 99,000. Recently, I have to give it more gas than normal to get it moving into first gear. And when it does catch, I feel a slight repetitive thumping on the clutch. Any ideas on when this could be?

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Prepare your wallet, or if you are a DIY, youre back.

Youre clucht is failing, this are the typical signs of clucth slipeage. Clucht failure is normal at that mileage if its last replacement was like 50k. It also depends a lot on driving style.

Anyway, if you want to takcle this, get the bentley manual, and all the hardware before taking one bolt out..
I personally recommend you stay with the stock clucht, other "sport"cluchts will be rather harsh on driving, and for everyday use there is no need of such a thing.

Also since you be in there, get new tranny seals, and rear engine seal, new shifting bushings and tranny oil, replaced since ure in there, and for sake, replace the slave cylinder, this is the hydraulic unit that moves the clucth, this way you avoid a problem, since this tend to wear rather easy.

I would say you will spend some 400 on hardware if you want to do it right, meaning, replacing comom wear items, such as bushings, seals, oil tranny moutns, pretty much what ever will be on youre way..

I know this sucks.

But, woithout looking to your car, i cannot tell, so take it to a mechaninc..

let us know .

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some insight on what is involved in diy clutch replacement:

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long thread, but informative and funny and entertaining at times. some pics around page 6 or 7.
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Thanks for the info guys. I am not a DYI and a shop is doing the replacement for $1050.....ouch!!!!!
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