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E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 06-01-2014, 10:16 AM
akthorp akthorp is offline
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Mein Auto: 540i, 325i
What now? Clutch issues

I'm proud of myself for fixing my recent vacuum leak but now a new problem.

Today for the first time I depressed the clutch pedal and it wouldn't come back up. It must not have been completely engaged because I could get the car in 2nd gear and drive but if I tried to depress it further to change gears or put it in neutral at intersections I got nothing. I limped home in second gear trying to avoid lights and intersections as much as possible and I finally made it.

I pulled out my trusty Bentley manual and I'm thinking it has something to do with the master cylinder or slave cylinder. I ended up manually pulling the clutch pedal up (didn't think of that while I was driving) and now it seems fine. I can once again engage and disengage the clutch and row through all the gears. But something has to be wrong and I certainly don't want to take it out again until I know I'm not going to get the same problem.

So, what is likely to be going on? I've owned this car for 24 years and it's finally showing its age.

As always, thanks for any replies.
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Old 06-01-2014, 02:33 PM
ingenieur ingenieur is offline
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The clutch hydraulic cylinders - I'd rebuild both. The master cyl is the cause of the pedal not returning, but the slave should be done at the same time IMO.
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Old 06-01-2014, 03:10 PM
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cmac2012 cmac2012 is offline
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I'd be tempted to go with new parts. I'm finding OEM on line - $62 for master, $28 for slave. I've run into problems rebuilding old cylinders in the past. The steel gets worn in.

But yeah, the fact of it being intermittent makes it unlikely that it's something in the pedal though I would examine that closely also.
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Old 06-02-2014, 10:59 AM
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I've had good and bad experiences with both new and rebuilt masters and slaves. Just check the pedal pivots freely over all parts of its movement arc. Should be fine after that.
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