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Old 05-09-2009, 06:07 PM
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Question on clutch (manual transmission)

I got a 335i recently (did an ED) and it's still in a break-in period. I used to drive a honda before (manual transmission). My 335i too is manual. The clutch feel on both the cars is different and I have a question for ppl who drive manual transmission. How much clutch do you press, 3/4th or untill it touches the car's body? If I go all the way to end I have to move my seat a bit forward but then I feel I am too close on the gas and brake. Just trying to figure out the best position of the seat

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Old 05-09-2009, 07:11 PM
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I believe you normally want to push the clutch pedal all the way to the wall. The seat is very adjustable. I was taught that when you are sitting normally you should be able to rest your wrist on the top of the steering wheel. Maybe you should just play around with the seat a bit more. You can also move the steering wheel around a bit.
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Old 05-09-2009, 07:13 PM
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You should be able to press the clutch to the floor while still having a bend in your knee and w/o hyper-extending your ankle. And I always push to the floor.
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Old 05-09-2009, 07:25 PM
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Is your left leg 6" shorter than your right?
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Old 05-09-2009, 07:53 PM
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You should be able to press the clutch to the floor while still having a bend in your knee and w/o hyper-extending your ankle. And I always push to the floor.
+1. When pushing to floor, you should just have a tiny bit of bend to your knee. Ankle should be comfortable, not pointed like you are on tiptoe.

Always get in the habit of pushing the clutch all the way to the floor as a rule, in order to save your synchros and not always engage the gearing under subtle power load. With mine the engagement point does seem to be pretty far off the floor, so in practice I don't always push it to the floor, especially if shifting rapidly or if the revs are already matched...

For the techs here, how easy is it to purposely adjust the engagement point in the clutch? Is it something done with routine "checkups?" The reason I ask is that one time after a yearly service/inspection my clutch point seemed distinctly different in the BMW...
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Old 05-09-2009, 08:37 PM
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Ok, will readjust my seat, I think my seat is set to be too far and about my legs, I guess both are equal in length. LOL. (that was funny)
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