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Old 07-24-2014, 12:44 PM
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mcmonteith - Help with clutch issue

Hello all. I'm Michael and own a 1993, 325i. I've had the car for about four years now and have enjoyed it greatly. My problem is that my clutch is only coming up about a third of the way up when i,m in reverse or first gear and I have to use my foot to release it the rest of the way. It sometimes stays engaged when coming to a stop and put it in first, so I have to leave it in neutral with the clutch out. Help.

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Old 07-24-2014, 01:10 PM
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Welcome to Bimmerfest! I've moved your question over to the E36 3 series forum, you'll get more help in here. Sounds like the clutch pressure plate is going bad. If the clutch is original I am sure you're due for a replacement.

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Old 07-24-2014, 03:14 PM
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Welcome, Michael,

I agree with Tim, the pressure plate is going bad and/or the throwout bearing is worn out. Either way, the transmission will have to come out eventually.

Something you can try first: Bleed the clutch master and slave cylinders. Make sure you have plenty of CLEAN brake fluid in the reservoir. The clutch system uses the same reservoir as the brake system.
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Old 07-24-2014, 05:29 PM
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Thanks for the info. A local friend suggested I check the slave and master cylinders for any leaks etc..., I'll start there and hopefully won't have to go any deeper. Thanks again.
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