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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 02-02-2013, 01:12 PM
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Clutch problem

Got into my car today, started the car and my clutch felt, easy to push. And when i try to put it into any gear i can't. Doesn't go in it, and i the first time i tried it it made a noise. like ERGHHHHH. After than no noise or anything just doesnt go into gear. Bleed it it? Change slave cylinder? I"M CONFUSED helppp.
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:35 AM
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What's your fluid level look like?

You may have a leak somewhere, most likely from the slave cylinder.
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:37 AM
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What's your fluid level look like?

You may have a leak somewhere, most likely from the slave cylinder.
Thanks for the reply, but i checked it. It was at the minimum level but i put some more in. Still nothing
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:43 AM
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Time to get under the car, pull the slave cylinder and see if it's leaking.
You probably have air in the slave cylinder line also.
Is it much easier to push the clutch pedal now than is was when all was working OK?
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:45 AM
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Time to get under the car, pull the slave cylinder and see if it's leaking.
You probably have air in the slave cylinder line also.
Is it much easier to push the clutch pedal now than is was when all was working OK?
Yes, much easier. The problem is i live in a apartment. Don't have a garage or jackstands. I wish i did.
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Old 02-03-2013, 08:17 AM
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Cold weather can aggravate internal leakage in master cylinder and will prevent complete clutch disengagement. Try pumping clutch pedal 30-40 times. If pedal doesn't return by itself, you'll have to pull it up by hand.
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Old 02-03-2013, 08:29 AM
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Cold weather can aggravate internal leakage in master cylinder and will prevent complete clutch disengagement. Try pumping clutch pedal 30-40 times. If pedal doesn't return by itself, you'll have to pull it up by hand.
I pumped it about 20 times after i put more fluid in. Nothing happened. The clutch did't get stuck or anything though.
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:33 AM
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This happened to a 95 M3 i test drove. I was on las vegas blvd when that happened! the clutch would stick to the floor and i would have to pump it like 20-40 times for it to engage once, lets just say that S50 took a beating being driven mainly in first for 3 miles. The seller made no mention of the problem so I dont feel bad.

My mechanic told me it was the master and slave clutch cylinder.
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:37 AM
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Put my clutch doesn't stick to the floor. Goes into gear when not running but when running it doesn't. And how much was the Slave cylinder? Or how much would it be?
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Old 02-03-2013, 01:12 PM
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It possible you CLUTCH PLATE is done. It happen to me one night going home from work; got to a light and nothing; had to have it towed home. The next day I took out the gearbox and the peices of the clutch ccame down on me.
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