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09-15-2012 12:22 PM
GangGreen3 Thank you very much for all the help!
09-15-2012 12:16 PM
sailor By the way, we recommend NEVER to replace a clutch without also replacing the slave cylinder, since on these cars it can't be replaced without pulling the transmission again....

And it's cheap to do while you're in there, to the point that most clutch kits include one....
09-15-2012 12:13 PM
sailor With a "stick", if the engine speeds up but the car doesn't, the clutch is slipping.

Having the clutch disengage at the top of the pedal travel (instead of part way down as normal) as mentioned is another sign of a worn clutch.

Oil dripping from the "weep hole" at the bottom of the bell housing would imply a leaking main seal of the engine which should be inspected when the clutch is replaced in any case. (the odd drip isn't tragic, but noticeable leakage would need to be fixed)

The city driving mentioned certainly COULD shorten the "normal" life of a clutch, depending on driving style & how much "stop & go" driving was involved....

09-15-2012 10:52 AM
GangGreen3 Last night I did notice oil when looking down from the engine near where the cat converter is (from looking under the car it was straight ahead infront of me). I'm not the best with cars so i'm not too sure what it part of the car it was. I checked my fluids and they all seem to be perfect. The original driver was from the city so maybe that had an effect?
09-15-2012 10:10 AM
20Focus13 I had 180,00 on mine and the throwout bearing started making noise. I did not take any chances and bought a entire clutch kit. I took it apart and the old clutch disk was almost the exact same thickness as the new one. I ended puting all of the kit in the car but I find it odd that a clutch would wear out in only 70,000 miles unless the original driver did not know how to drive a stick. Maybe it is a rear seal but look for signs of oil at the bottom of the bell housing. The clutch is easy to install if you work on cars but try to check for the oil leaks and also make sure you clutch slave cylinder has not signs of leaking.
09-14-2012 05:30 PM
Originally Posted by slow3v View Post
Could be rear main seal leaking on the clutch. You saying it happens more when the car is warm makes me think that.

My old Golfs rear main seal went and doused the clutch in oil. Gripped fine cold, drove for a few miles and it got awful. You'll need a new clutch if that is the case.
It slips worse after the car is warmed up because the clutch has been slipping during that warm-up time, heating up from slipping, then slips really bad until it can't be ignored. the driver notices "It slips after it warms up"
09-14-2012 05:19 PM
GangGreen3 So you guys don't think it's the transmission? It has only happened recently and the car easily changes into the next gear or so it seems to anyway.

Thanks for the help.
09-14-2012 05:15 PM
slow3v Could be rear main seal leaking on the clutch. You saying it happens more when the car is warm makes me think that.

My old Golfs rear main seal went and doused the clutch in oil. Gripped fine cold, drove for a few miles and it got awful. You'll need a new clutch if that is the case.
09-14-2012 05:11 PM
elsolo Your clutch disc is slipping, that is the problem.
It is a normal wear and replacement item at some point in a car's life.
09-14-2012 04:52 PM
GangGreen3 Ok it seems to happen when the engine is warm. Tonight after work I decided to drive down some back roads and rev the engine and it just shoots straight up vey easily across all the gears even half throttle. I could smell a bit of burning so I quickly drove home easily.

Can anyone please help me? I am getting quite worried now.

Edit: The car has a long crank, I replaced the spark plugs and battery so I think it is possibly the fuel filter that needs to be replaced.

Do you think that the transmission is going or is it just lack of fuel?
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