Re: 300tdi soft clutch?
"Derry Argue" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> This may be one of those stupid questions. I might not even have a problem
> at all!
> I don't do much in town driving but a few weeks ago I was in town waiting
> at a roundabout. I put my foot on the clutch and the pedal went almost to
> the floor before I felt normal resistance. My reaction was that I had a
> clutch cylinder failure. But for the drive home it behaved perfectly and
> since then I have wondered if I imagined it.
> Then, I went to town again yesterday. Same thing, but this time it
> two or three times so I begin to think it is not my imagination. I have
> checked the fluid level and it is fine.
> Normally, a reasonable pressure is required to depress the clutch pedal.
> This problem shows itself by the clutch pedal appearing much softer. There
> is no grinding of gears nor any gear change problem.
> Is this senile decay in myself or the first symptoms of clutch cylinder
> failure in the D90? And, if the latter, which cylinder?
> Thanks for your patience!
> 1997 300tdi D90 100,000 miles
I drove my brothers Volkswagen van once, and took it from London to Poole.
Got to the end of the M3, and no clutch, exactly like you got - pedal to the
floor. After a couple of pumps, it started working again. He had not
noticed the problem as he rarely drive long distances.
What it was was the seals in the clutch slave cylinder. The fluid wasn't
coming out, but was leaking round the piston into the normally "dry" part.
Under pressure, it all seemed to correct itself, until the next time.
I have heard of similar symptoms on other cars.
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