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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 12-18-2012, 10:12 AM   #1
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Clutch pedal goes soft D: need help to diag.

Hello fellow bimmer buddies. I have an 01 325xi that Iv been driving for a while and one day the clutch spontaneously went soft. No weird sounds no nothing. Went soft when I went to downshift and wouldn't disengage the clutch so I had to be towed home :/ figured it would be my slave or master cylinders so I changed them both with oem factory cylinders and nothing happened -.-... Tried bleeding tons of times and I'm hoping I'm just not getting it right. Even took the slave back out and pushed the pin in, bled and let the pin out slowly to get the air out of it . Same with the master. While the slave was out I felt the release fork through the hole and it felt somewhat loose?! Not sure if that's how it's supposed to be... So I figured that it could be the release fork spring or release fork itself or that the pressure plate might have lost its pressure. So I took it to a well reputed shop and they told me that my clutch was gone . And well it's not because before my clutch went soft it wasn't slipping at all . On the contrary it was gripping well under heavy acceleration. But I'm still paranoid that my clutch is gone -.- I'm new here as of literally this morning ( woot woot ) could anyone point me in the right direction?! ( by the way I checked the lines for leaks And there were none visible anywhere . Also did cdv delete to see if it'd make my bleeding easier . Kinda stumped as to what to do now ! Please help!!!
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Old 12-18-2012, 01:45 PM   #2
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Sounds like the pressure plate is broken. If the master and slave are working then the problem is internal Trans needs to come out to see. Just because it was not slipping doesn't mean something could not break and fail. If it was a master/slave issue the pedal is usually just dead and has no tension. It also usually gets stuck on the floor.
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