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Old 05-18-2004, 02:02 AM   #1
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possible clutch problems, help please



I've been having some really odd sounds from the clutch today. I drove around and I noticed when I press down on the clutch all the way it makes a really loud rattling and kinda grinding noise (doesn't sound good). Then with the clutch fully depressed, I rev it a few times and hear a loud whirling noise. When I release the clutch and give it some gas in gear the clutch makes the car choke a bit and sometimes it slips a lot. The odd thing is the previous day the clutch gripped like it was brand new, it showed no signs of slipping at all. When I drive around I still hear the rattling and whirling but it's not as loud.

I'm guessing it could a number of things. I haven't worked on the clutch before so I'm a little clueless when it comes to this. Could it be the teeth on the pressure plate have broken off or damaged? Could the release bearing be worn?

I've got a brand new M3 clutch kit in my basement so I'm not worried. However, before I just install it I want to know what's wrong.

Any help greatly apprecaited.

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Old 05-18-2004, 05:19 AM   #2
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need to change the clutch get a kit for that with release bearing thats certain also check the flywheel ..and that solve yr problem but that noise is worn clutch ...
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Old 05-18-2004, 05:26 AM   #3
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Thanks Teddy,

Do you think it's safe to drive around for a while? Or should I get it replaced immediately?

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Old 05-18-2004, 05:27 AM   #4
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it safe to drive for a while but i dont think you can stand that noise .
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Old 05-18-2004, 05:29 AM   #5
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Yeah it's really loud, sounds like an old winter beater.

Anyways, it won't damage the tranny or engine?

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nope . just clutch..
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Old 05-18-2004, 05:33 AM   #7
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thanks

This is a long shot, but any idea what other parts I need if I'm swapping an M3 clutch into a 318?

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i have no idea for swaping, i don't know if they are the same size anyway to finf out call bmw autohouse they will tell you if theres no difference...in swapping..advice better to use stock and get a light flywheel that will help yr performance//..
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put an e34m5 clutch and uuc flywheel in!
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I already bought an M3 clutch a while back, don't want to spend more money.

Anyways, what do I need for the conversion?

M3 slave cyl, pilot bearing, release bearing?

Anything else?

Also, will a clutch disc from a '97 M3 fit a '95 M3?

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Hold on, are you using a stock M3 flywheel? If so, what is the advantage of running the M3 flywheel, and an M3 clutch kit over a stock 318 clutch kit?

I know the M3 flywheel is slightly lighter, but if you're going through the trouble of changing it, you should go to an aluminum flywheel, or at least a machined single mass flywheel.
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Hold on, are you using a stock M3 flywheel? If so, what is the advantage of running the M3 flywheel, and an M3 clutch kit over a stock 318 clutch kit?

I know the M3 flywheel is slightly lighter, but if you're going through the trouble of changing it, you should go to an aluminum flywheel, or at least a machined single mass flywheel.
It has better clamping force. It can handle up to 450+HP incase I ever decide to add more power. Most importantly, my stock flywheel is probably damaged as I have actually been driving on a worn clutch disc for quite some time now so this replacement is mandatory.

An aluminum flywheel costs more money which is money I can't afford to spend right now. The labour would prove to be the most expensive part of this replacement so I've decided to go with the M3 clutch kit that I already have in my posession. Anyways, the main thing I want is a grippier clutch and I feel those "sport" clutch kits are a total waste of money.

Question, do I need an M3 clutch release fork?

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