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Re: Clutch questions (archive)

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Posted by Paul E on June 23, 2000 at 12:00:44:

In Reply to: Clutch questions 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

How many miles on the clutch? Try this test....go slowly, like 30 - 40 mph, and then clutch in and rev to 4500 rpms or higher, and put it into fifth, and let out the clutch quickly...What do you feel? If it engages quickly and doesnt slip, then your ok...But if you feel a very slow engagement, like a couple of seconds, and slippage, you need to replace...YOu can compound the test by doing it on an incline...good luck.


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