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Old 11-13-2008, 06:15 PM   #1
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clutch problem

I went in my car yesterday and as soon as i pressed the clutch it went all the way in, it felt like a magnet pulled it in. The car starts but the clutch doesnt work. I am thinking the clutch is dead because in the past ew months the pressure point was pretty low.

Is the clutch dead or it could be something else?

how much am i looking at if the clutch is dead?

what brand clutch kit should i buy from ebay?

do you know of any good shops in hamilton?
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Old 11-13-2008, 06:29 PM   #2
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I went in my car yesterday and as soon as i pressed the clutch it went all the way in, it felt like a magnet pulled it in. The car starts but the clutch doesnt work. I am thinking the clutch is dead because in the past ew months the pressure point was pretty low.

Is the clutch dead or it could be something else?

how much am i looking at if the clutch is dead?

what brand clutch kit should i buy from ebay?

do you know of any good shops in hamilton?
It's not your clutch by the sounds of it its the clutch slave cylinder. Cost is around $125 for a new one plus 1hr labour.
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Old 11-23-2008, 08:21 AM   #3
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Yea, what he said. Check your brake fluid and ensure it is topped up since this is easiest, but this sounds like a bad slave which is easy to change. Slaves go on all manual cars eventually and there are plenty of DIY links.
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Old 01-01-2009, 03:10 PM   #4
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what i did so far and a summary of the problem

About two months ago I entered my 93 325I and started the car as soon as i pressed the clutch, it slammed to the floor and wouldnt come back up unless I pull it by hand. I am not sure if anything spilled on the ground underneath the car however a funny smell came from the car right when this happened. The car is stored now and it will be for at least two more months and I would like to fix it myself if I can before I put it back on the road. I did some research and found out that the most likely problem which is easy and cheap to fix would be the clutch slave cylinder. So i went and bought a used one and put it on. However I did not bleed the clutch because it was dark by the time i finished, the fluid resevior was half-way full and only a few drips of fluid came out of the hose when I unpluged it from the slave cylinder. I pressed the clutch and the same problem still continues. What could this problem be? would not bleeding the clutch line cause the same problem to continue? I pressed the clutch for about 50 times but no lock there. What should I do next?
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Old 01-01-2009, 03:26 PM   #5
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it needs to be bled...
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Old 01-01-2009, 03:59 PM   #6
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Yes...Bleed it and pump the pedal like a madman and it should stop doing it.
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Old 01-01-2009, 04:52 PM   #7
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a used slave? why, a new one is pretty cheap.

How do you know you even bought a good one?
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Old 01-01-2009, 05:14 PM   #8
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Since I didnt notice or look for clutch fluid under the car at the time of the incident, I wasnt and still arent sure if the problem is the slave cylinder. I will bleed it on sunday and see if that will help, hopefully it will work

I have bought many parts from phill in the past two years and all the parts were working and are still functioning properly on the car so I had faith that the used one will most likely be working if I find out it isnt then I can always return it and get a refund or exchange for something else

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Old 02-10-2009, 04:39 PM   #9
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got it working

I installed the slave cylinder during the christmas break and never got a chance to bleed it. I just finished doing that and the clutch works. I wanted to make sure i follow up on this threa so users can use this info in the future.

The way I did the bleeding was
1. fill resevior
2. open bleeder
3. push the clutch slowly all the way to the floor
4. close bleeder
5. release clutch

did that 3 times and then started pushing the clutch repeadetly without releasing the clutch completely to its neutral position. after 20-30 repeats i felt some pressure and before 50 times I had reasonable pressure. However, I couldnt go on 1st gear, I tried 2 and 3 thy worked fine but I couldnt go on 1st till about 5 minutes. I guess this was due to the pressure building up. Hope this will help future users.

I would like to thank everyone for their replies, u were very helpful
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Old 02-10-2009, 04:54 PM   #10
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ya fil is a life saver
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