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E36 (1991 - 1999)
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Old 05-07-2012, 03:15 PM
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Unhappy E36 Clutch pedel problem

Hello BMW owners. Newbie here.
Today I had my clutch pedal lock right up on me. I couldn't push it in at all. I had no warning signs of this to come. The car was running fine and all of a sudden at a stop light, I couldn't put it into gear. Where should I start looking? Slave cylinder, bearing, or a whole new clutch? I have a 97 318is with 180k. Any suggestions? Thanks to all in advance.


OK I just removed my Slave cylinder and the pedal is still stuck. I released the bleeder and the pedal went down, once I tightened the bleeder I was back to a stuck pedel???????

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Old 04-26-2014, 07:14 AM
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What was the problem with your clutch ? I have the same problem now but not sure where to start.
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Old 04-26-2014, 08:34 AM
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Problem solved

Hi. It was the throw out bearing. It exploded and the pieces bound up the clutch. Since I had to take it all apart to fix it i went with a new clutch, bearings, and slave cylinder. I noticed that it was pretty easy to get to the starter once the clutch was removed so i changed that also ain e mine was acting up.
Good luck!!!!
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Old 04-26-2014, 09:48 AM
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jj, welcome to the fest, and thanks for searching first!

dj, thanks for replying! Stuff like this helps so much when someone else has a similar problem.

Well done, guys!
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Old 04-27-2014, 05:11 PM
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thanks guys. I was going to replace the master clutch cylinder and master cylinder / brake booster but I'll swap a new clutch in first and see what happens
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