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Old 07-29-2009, 07:04 AM   #1
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Help clutch pedal dead and car won't go in gear

I started my car this morning while noticing my clutch pedal was gone. the car barely started and it won't go in gear i'm thinking its the clutch or a throw out bearing. the car does start but undriveable. how much am i looking at to get it fixed?
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Old 07-29-2009, 08:38 AM   #2
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could it be a slave/master cylinder
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Old 07-29-2009, 08:40 AM   #3
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Thats what it sounds like.

Slave cylinder usually run $60 and take less than an hour to do.

Just replaced one on my friends e36, his clutch pedal was on the floor.
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Old 07-29-2009, 08:44 AM   #4
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haha damn thats how mine is...did his car not go in gear after he started it as well??
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Old 07-30-2009, 09:06 AM   #5
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can anybody else give their opinion
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Old 07-30-2009, 09:38 AM   #6
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You could start the car in neutral, but not go into gear.

What happens is the seal inside cause bad over time and leaks. While you down there you should probably go ahead and do the CDV delete.
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yea for sure do you think the leaking caused the faint burning smell from the vents then
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Old 07-30-2009, 09:50 AM   #8
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Check the fluid
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Check the fluid
I was assuming he already checked, but just to be sure you know where the clutch fluid goes........its the same where your brake fluid goes. BMW set it up to where you would lose your clutch pedal before your brakes
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I was assuming he already checked, but just to be sure you know where the clutch fluid goes........its the same where your brake fluid goes. BMW set it up to where you would lose your clutch pedal before your brakes
ya, i had this problem on another car. if you keep putting in brake fluid and keep some in your trunk you can drive around for a while before replacing (depends on how much you leaking. I drove around for a week with a few bottles of brake fluid in my trunk. its the air bubble that forms in the line from lack of fluid. air doesnt compress like brake fluid does. hence no clutch movement. In my experience its the slave that goes first so thats where i would check. However i have never done this on a BMW so ihave no idea where it is or how much it costs....


am curios however is the safety cluch to the floor before starting car feature linked to a sensor in the pedal (ie the pedal has to be to the floor regardless of clutch positions) or if the sensor is linked to the clutch itself.... cause on my pontiac when i had the same problem the car would also start.
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alright i'm gonna check my clutch fluid, when i get home if its all gone where should i buy clutch fluid so i need BMW brand or???
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You need DOT4 brkae fluid, brand really doesn't matter unless your doing auto cross.

As for the clutch safety switch you need to have the clutch dam near pressed to the floor. That is really the only reason I don't have a clutch stop
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You need DOT4 brkae fluid, brand really doesn't matter unless your doing auto cross.

As for the clutch safety switch you need to have the clutch dam near pressed to the floor. That is really the only reason I don't have a clutch stop

I used autozone brand. its like 99 cents a bottle and its DOT4 works like a dream .

when you get home with the fluid, pour it in and then get into the car and pump the clutch (with car off) until the feeling returns. that way you know the air bubble is out. just make sure the break fluid cap is on tight.

i feel you on the clutch stop but taht doesnt actually make the switch be on the pedal area.....
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Old 07-30-2009, 11:12 AM   #15
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thanks man i'm definetly gonna grab some how many bottles should i buy
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Old 07-30-2009, 01:43 PM   #16
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A standard bottle should work. When I did my master cylinder and slave cylinder and bleed it with the Motive bleeder I didn't even use all of the liter.

On your clutch pedal, there are 2 sensors, one is the safety switch and the other is for the cruise control(if you hit your clutch pedal while using cruise control it will cut it off)
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You may find that you're not missing any fluid at all - this happened to me with my e30. The internal seals in the master cylinder went so the clutch did nothing when pressed and didn't return. No fluid was missing as it was just going past the piston in the cylinder.
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Old 07-30-2009, 07:17 PM   #18
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Oh okay so is this hurting my clutch...the car is going to the dealership tomorrow hopefully the warranty will cover it but will the clutch need to be replaced
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