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Driveline, Engine & DME Tuning
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Old 04-20-2013, 11:56 PM   #1
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Clutch suddenly "broke", sort-of. Could it be linkage, cylinders, bearing, fork?

Alright guys, here's one for ya.

2001 E46 330i 5spd

Yesterday on my way home from grabbing food I down shifted before a corner, not the smoothest but certainly not very rough, and then when I came to the next stop I pushed in the clutch in and at about 1/2 pedal it caught on something and I could hear a loud ratcheting (rotational smacking?) from the bell housing.

The kicker? The clutch still works if I don't push it too far in. It's like I bent something in the linkage to make the clutch engage sooner, and when I push the pedal down farther it's going beyond the intended travel.

Does that make any sense whatsoever? I've put a big rubber stop behind the pedal for now so I don't inadvertently stomp down on it.

Another thing is if I push it past this point while the car's off to try and "force" it through the travel, I can hear the groan of under the car like a mount or linkage is about to snap. Metal fatigue sounds.

So... ideas?

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Old 04-21-2013, 12:47 AM   #2
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A worn out throw-out bearing perhaps.
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:52 PM   #3
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Time to pull the tranny.
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Old 04-21-2013, 11:36 PM   #4
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Clutch suddenly "broke", sort-of. Could it be linkage, cylinders, bearing, fork?

Definitely throw out bearing... Just replaced mine less than a month ago... Wasn't that bad though...


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Old 04-22-2013, 12:45 AM   #5
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Its not the throw out bearing, its the pivot bushing (less than a dollar at the dealership). When mine went, the spring clip also went (order it because its about $2 and nobody carries it in stock, don't wanna get held up a couple days for something so cheap). Also get a throw out bearing (about $30 @ bmaparts.com) and replace it while you're in there.

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Old 04-22-2013, 12:47 AM   #6
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Hopefully you can start the car back up. I had problems when mine went, because although you could get the clutch to engage, it didn't want to go down to the floor and hit the sensor to turn the engine over.

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Old 04-27-2013, 11:58 PM   #7
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Re: Clutch suddenly "broke", sort-of. Could it be linkage, cylinders, bearing, fork?

What's the update?
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