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E36 (1991 - 1999)
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Old 05-16-2015, 07:46 PM
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Over-revs whenever clutch depressed

Replaced clutch on 93 325is about 18 months ago and it's been fine since. Today, all of a sudden, whenever I hit the clutch (whether changing gears while moving, or just sitting still in neutral) she shoots up to 6000 rpm and only drops back when I release the clutch. Happens every time, and never had any sign of stickiness before today. Obviously not drivable.

Would appreciate any suggestions what this could be!?!?
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Old 05-16-2015, 08:16 PM
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you are depressing the pedal on your left, correct??























































(no, your other left...)





cannot imagine what could do that, honestly....

but check the basics. make certain there is nothing causing a vacuum leak, and check to see if there is anything interfering or hitting anything when the clutch is depressed.



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Old 05-16-2015, 09:01 PM
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Check the pedals. My guess is that there is a dislocated plastic panel that presses on the gas pedal linkage when the clutch pedal is actuated.
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Old 05-16-2015, 09:20 PM
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I figured this situation was bizarre enough to generate some of those "is the power on" questions.

Yes, depressing clutch with left foot, and floormat not obstructing pedals.
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Old 05-17-2015, 07:29 PM
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WITH THE ENGINE SHUT DOWN get under the dash and push in the clutch with your hand. See if the throttle pedal moves.
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Old 05-18-2015, 07:40 PM
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Thanks, guys, you were all on the right track: it was a physical blockage hitting the accelerator linkage when clutch pedal depressed. Appreciate the help (and of course the fact that it cost nothing to get it fixed, not your typical bimmer outcome).
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Phew! I'm glad it was something as simple as that, because I was quietly keeping tabs on this thread and was totally stumped.
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