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Old 09-09-2015, 07:43 AM
salukiminer85 salukiminer85 is offline
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2006 Z4 3.0si clutch problems

Looking for a little help or advice here. I purchased a my 2006 Z4 about 5 months ago, and have been very satisfied with the performance. Has about 45K miles on it. Only use the car for weekend & local runs. Yesterday, my wife was in the car, and she experienced issues with the clutch. Evidently, the car began to rev high RPM's and lose power. She was on the side of the road when I got there. I could smell the odor of "burnt clutch" and the clutch pedal seemed to be soft. I could not get the car into gear, didn't matter if the car was running or not. I had driven the car over the weekend, and did not notice any slippage or issues with clutch/drivetrain. In my past experience with manual transmissions, clutch failure is usually proceeded by some symptoms - none of that here. Any ideas or advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-09-2015, 08:27 AM
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RPM's rising coupled with "loss of power" indicates a slipping clutch, as does the smell. The rest of it - soft pedal, not being able to get the car in gear - are harder to explain. Now that things have cooled down, are you still experiencing those symptoms?
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Old 09-09-2015, 09:27 AM
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My old car smelled of burnt clutch every time my wife drove it because she always rode the clutch too long while trying to get a smooth shift. A soft pedal can be caused by air in the system. A brake flush always solved that issue for me in the past.
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Old 09-09-2015, 10:57 AM
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I was going to say slave cylinder failure, but that shouldn't stop you getting the car into gear with the engine off........
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Old 09-11-2015, 04:56 PM
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Ask her the events that preceded the event, e.g., was she riding the clutch, difficulty putting it in gear, etc. Does she regularly drive the car or every once in a while. Clutches can fail with no prior warning but clutch friction plates fail over time.
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