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I own a 99' 528i and I tried putting in a new clutch. After I put the new clutch in and put the entire car back together, the clutch pedal wont budge. After taking the trans off 4 more times, me and 2 other mechanics couldn't figure out what was wrong. The pressure plate seems like it has to be released somehow, but I have no clue what is wrong. If you have anyclue or know of any sites, it would be appreciated

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and by the way it is not the throw out bearing..... the clutch plate is in the right way, there's pretty much only one way it goes... its all lined up right as well... when we tighted the pressure plate on, it just doesnt seem right at all... there seems like there has to be a way to release the pressure plate cause its pushed all the way down.... is this some sort-of security feature bmw puts on all their new clutch kits... the car wont even start cause the clutch pedal is so hard. I mean I can push it down really hard if I have to, but the engine still won't crank. I was thinking maybe if the engine cranked it would release the pressure plate. Cause it's self adjusting. but when i tapped the starter and cranked it, still no luck..
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The pressure plates usually have a lock plate on them holding the fingers from releasing pressure. But typically you cannot install the tranny with it in so you'd know it was there. If you all are mechanics then you would notice it (i hope). My first thought is the clutch plate being in backwards. There should be (on one side) the word "Getr.. something". I forget the German word for transmission, but that's what it starts with. That side would obviously face the transmission. Also, alignment is critical as well. The other option is bleeding the hydraulic system. Some of the slaves have a bleed screw on them. Really the two things to look at are the clutch plate and slave cylinder. But you didn't open any hydraulic lines(did you?) so the clutch plate must be in backwards. Or somehow you've still got the lock ring on. But theoretically this would keep pressure off and you'd be able to start the car because the trans would be disengaged.

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Kid600, good luck with the repair and let us know how it goes. I also have a '99 528i

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The word would be "Getriebe". I agree with Extech though about the bleeding the hydrolics, assuming you cracked the line of course

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I am having the same problem with my clutch on a 98 528i. I installed a new flywheel and clutch kit. It's like the car will not disengauge. It will not shift into any gears. Everthing is seated fine and the clutch plate is not backwards. This is the third time I have dropped the transmission and I noticed on the pressure plate, the the self adjusters are not all the way back. Should they be. This is how it came from the manufacturer. Their is no problem with the slave cylinder or hydraulic system. It has been pressure bled. I am at loss for hope anymore. If anyone has any suggestions, please e-mail me or reply to message board.
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95% of the time your throwout bearing/clutch fork is not correct according to the shop I use??? I would check it again.

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