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Old 02-01-2013, 11:06 AM   #1
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My Ride: 318i
Worn Clutch? <- Symptoms stated.

General: BMW E46 Sedan/Saloon
Year: 2001
Model: 318i
Engine: 1.9L Petrol
Transmission: Manual
Miles: 111'000
Note: Car has angel eyes installed.

Recently Changed:
Air, Oil, Cabin, Fuel Filters.
Spark Plugs
Rear Brake Pads
Rear tires.
Whole Cooling system (including hoses/rads/thermostat)
Rear Springs.

So, I love this car, I got it 3 weeks ago and after driving opel corsa for 7 months, I think I will stick to BMW for life. Anyway, I am ready to invest as much as needed for it to drive well. So recently I noticed few things... Here is list:

1) Sometimes when idle in traffic either in neutral or first gear with clutch down, the RPM needle is jumping/moving a tiny tiny bit between 700-800 RPM. Is that normal?

2) When in idle, with clutch disengaged, if I use gas, the needle goes up (obviously) then drops down, first it drops down to 500 RPM then rises to 700 RPM and stays there, is that supposed to be like that?

3) I noticed my clutch is squeaking, when I press clutch fully in, nearly at end it makes a squeaky noise, I think it could be clutch slave cylinder? any other options?

4) I don't feel full power when accelerating, in 1st gear I saw today:
Engine was running at 4000-5000 RPM, yet car accelerated very very slow, up to 20 km/h only while before at that RPM I was already at 40 or more.
Could clutch be bit... too much worn?

5) When driving on highways at around 100-120 km/h, and accelerating sometimes I feel car jugs forward a bit then keeps accelerating, it feels like it's coming from clutch and not from engine.

Sometimes it really feels like clutch gets either stuck and doesn't disengage quick enough, so the RPM is jumping from 700 up to 1200 RPM.

Should I replace clutch?
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Old 02-01-2013, 02:02 PM   #2
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does not sound like the clutch.
get on the hwy. Drive steady in 5th gear at around 50mph. Floor the gas pedal. If the rpms go up, but speed does not change you have a slipping clutch.

Pull the codes. I think you have something else going on.
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