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is my clutch shot?

Discussion in 'Motors' started by 117, 27 Mar 2006.

  1. 117

    Gangster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 191

    Location: Starcross, Near Exeter

    hi lads, i have recently brought a bmw 523i, in the first few weeks of driving the clutch was fine, although for a few days I have been noticing a slight judder when pulling away in first gear, in other gears there are no problems, is my clutch at the end of its life or could it be something else?
     
  2. Enfield

    Soldato

    Joined: 8 Nov 2003

    Posts: 7,401

    Location: Hampshire

    That could well be the clutch yes.

    I had the same problem with my 205 but it wasn't the clutch it was a the clutch fork. Turned out that one of the two forks was cracked and so only one was working causing the whole car to vibrate.

    From the outside the front left wheel was wobbling and the exhaust banging on the rear valance.
     
  3. NickXX

    Soldato

    Joined: 19 May 2005

    Posts: 7,037

    It might be the clutch valve. In the e46, there is a valve in the clutch to stop you from releasing it too quickly - which may explain the weird juddering. I don't know the exact science, but this is the gist of it. Does it happen when you release the clutch slowly and slip it?
     
  4. AmDaMan

    Mobster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 3,978

    Location: Wellington, NZ

    it could be the driveshafts, does it judder on a downshift?
     
  5. Enfield

    Soldato

    Joined: 8 Nov 2003

    Posts: 7,401

    Location: Hampshire

    Could it also be one of the brake calipers seizing on?
     
  6. Freefaller

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 5 Jun 2003

    Posts: 87,182

    Location: Falling...

    Does it happy only on part throttle? What happens if you give it more gas when pulling away? Does it happen if you pull away in 2nd? A good way to test the clucth's condition is find a gentle inclide, get up to speed and put it in 5th gear. If your revs increase with no speed increase then your clutch could be slipping.