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TECH ADVICE NEEDED! Flywheel 'slop' (more) (archive)

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Posted by VDRZANE on June 19, 2000 at 12:03:48:

I had to post this on the E30 page since all the little high school kids with ZERO knowledge (aside from who has the coolest sneakers) haven't responded.

I just replaced the clutch on my E36 '98 M3 with only 22K mi last weekend. I am no clutch expert, so bite your tongue if I am out in left field. I was amazed/worried/curious about the flywheel. Once I had the tranny out and the clutch assembly was removed, the flywheel could be turned by hand approximately 20-30 degrees either CW or CCW. What gives? Is there something wrong with my flywheel or is that where the dampening comes from in our car's clutch? Most clutches have 4 coil springs in the middle of the clutch disc to take up the slack of the clutch to prevent sudden jerky clutch engagement (I think). E36 M3 stock clutch discs do NOT have these 4 springs - so is that why my flywheel turns? Anyway, the car feels like brand new and now I am CONVINCED that the idiot who previously owned the car burned the hell out of my clutch! TIA, Bryan

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