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'87 535i Clutch Problem
Starting about a month or so ago, when I would go to my '87 535i after it sat all night, the clutch would have slipped down about halfway overnight. Hydraulic? All I had to do was put my foot behind it and pull it back up, and it was back in place and fine. Now it's gotten to the point where while I'm driving around town, about every 15th or 20th time I push the clutch in, it will not come back up all the way. However, if I put my foot behind the pedal and pull it back up, it stays in place. Now something is obviously wrong, but I'm just not exactly sure what to replace. I've been told several different things. I've been told it's probably the clutch disc and the pressure plate. I've also been told it's probably just the clutch slave cylinder. I've priced the entire clutch kit (cheapest brand OEM $274.00. It may be a LuK. Also an AutoCom brand for $221.00.), and a slave cylinder for about $50.00.
I am not a wealthy man, so do you think it may be possible to just replace a few select parts (i.e. clutch kit and pressure plate) only, and not have to do the clutch master cylinder, also? I have a mechanic who will do all the labor for about $300.00. GREAT DEAL! It still comes out to be around $600.00 total, no matter how you look at it.
Based on what I have described it is doing, what do you all think might be the crux of the problem here.