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Old 09-13-2001, 09:40 PM   #1
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Default Clutch will not disengage?!

Here's my transmission set up: ACT Street clutch, Kartboy short-throw shifter and bushings, stock tranny. All installed 1 1/2 years ago when my Minnam Stage 1 kit was installed. No problems until the past 2 weeks.

Here's the problem: I started noticing that it was difficult to engage 1st gear about 2 weeks ago. Yesterday, it was a bit more difficult but today . . . whoa. I could NOT engage 1st gear. When I tried to reverse, all I got was a grinding noise. The only way to get any gear was to shove real hard. At first, I was able to get into 2nd (with a hard pull using BOTH hands). Later, I was able to use ONLY 3rd gear, again I had to use both hands; lots of grinding heard. Lots of burning smells especially when starting from a dead stop. The clutch pedal kept getting stuck in the halfway down position. Finally, I had to call a tow truck ($105!!!). I met a fellow I-clubber named Dave (Black 01 RS w/ 17" P1 rims) at the Naperville dealer. he thought it might be the "clutch pulley" (?) since something similar happened to him. Anyone know what the problem could be?
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Old 09-14-2001, 03:18 AM   #2
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sounds to me like a clutch slave cylinder or clutch master cylinder. Remember hydraulics move your clutch fork, does the pedal go right to the floor??

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Old 09-14-2001, 03:56 PM   #3
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Just go off the phone with the service tech and he thinks it could be the master cylinder. Any idea what the cost would be to replace the thing (including installation)? I'm already out $300 (towing + shop time). UGH!
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Old 09-15-2001, 02:15 AM   #4
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can't be to much more....are you saying they didn't diag it for free?? or apply the diag time to the job?? Shoudl be like $125 for the part and maybe another $160 labor

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Old 09-16-2001, 02:44 AM   #5
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The dealer wanted about $200 to diagnose the problem. I'll try talking to the service rep about applying the amount to the total job time. Thanks for bringing it up HndaTch.
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Old 09-17-2001, 04:37 PM   #6
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HndaTch627,
Just to let you know, it was the clutch master cylinder which was not working. Total job cost is approximately $350 (including the previous $200). Your estimate of $280 was pretty close. Thanks.
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Old 09-21-2001, 11:44 PM   #7
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Is there a way to diagnose this as I am starting to believe I may be expieriencing the same problem but when I talked with Ed at ISR he mentioned the ISR/powertone clutch I have tends to be a little too grippy and doesn't want to let go on occasion. My semptoms are the same as above with 1st being hard to get into and reverse also but it's sporadic when it does it. Any opinions...

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Old 09-22-2001, 02:40 AM   #8
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i've noticed my car to be a pain to get into reverse, when it's doing it, let the clutch out witht eh car in neutral for a second and then try to put it in gear. Here's why it's a pain, you are taking a straight cut gear(if it works the same way as NORMAL trannies and putting it between the Countershaft and mainshaft so that in essence you rotate the mainshaft backwards from the normal direction. If your clutch feels like it's spongy or not disengaging all the way i'd look at a possible Clutch Master cylinder. If it's snapping into place it could be the aftermarket clutch or it could be binding. But there's alot of if's when it comes to something like this.

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Old 09-22-2001, 02:41 AM   #9
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oh yeah no problem on the support there dead-eye, my pleasure.

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Old 09-22-2001, 10:50 AM   #10
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UGGGHHHH! Just got another call from the service rep. Master cylinder has been replaced and the clutch disengages but the clutch pedal gets stuck halfway. Car is not driveable. Estimated cost of pulling out the tranny and looking at the problem: $750!!!!
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Old 09-22-2001, 01:27 PM   #11
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hmmm i seem to recall 01 Black RS having a similar problem. I would look at the throwout bearing hanging up in it's slide. But since they put a master cylinder in and that didn't fix are they going to not charge you for that??

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