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Clutch questions (archive)

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Posted by SteveB ///M3 on June 23, 2000 at 11:33:58:

I did something very stupid the other day, and I'm curious about any damage I may have done to my clutch.

I'm first in a left turn lane, light is green, and I'm waiting for oncoming traffic to clear. I finally see a break - small, but manageable in my ///M. So, I get about 2500 on the tach and let the clutch out - what's this???!!! I'm in SECOND, with a truck approaching fast! Arrrghhh! Without thinking, I floor the gas and press in the clutch to get RPM's up then slip the clutch to move out. The clutch smell told me I screwed up...why didn't I shift???

Now, I can get significant clutch slip on redline shifts 1-2. Going into 2nd, RPM's stay high for about a 1/2 second before it fully engages. This will only happen for the first 1-2 times on a particular drive, then it's OK for the rest of the trip.

A couple questions then:
- Does a clutch ever "heal" (did I glaze the clutch plate, and will it wear off, or did I remove the friction material)?
- Anyone with similar experience - how fast did the clutch continue to degrade, if at all?
- Could one (admittedly somewhat severe) driver-induced clutch slip cause this (btw, I have 37k miles)? Hard to answer, I know - highly dependent on driving style, etc.
- Any good North Orange county/Long Beach repair shops that I can TRUST with my M?
- If I do replace the clutch, should I perform any mods (flywheel) at the same time?

Thanks to any and all for help.

--Steve


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