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PostSubject: clutch action   clutch action Empty13th May 2014, 05:59

Sorry to be a pain, I'm usually the one answering the tech questions so I don't immediatly think to ask hence the slow drip of questions.

OK, my clutch (well the cars, mines fine). I have to press the pedal to the floor to get it into gear (or change).

As I'm used to high bite points it's taking time to get used to this.

(for the record, the Caterham AP twin palte unit has about an inch between in and out and is really like a light switch)

I have no slip, judder or noisy CRB. It does not appear to need bleeding (but may have some air in it, it's just is not spongy)

So, to save me looking at the slave and pedal mechanism is there any adjustments that will raise the bite point,

Thanks


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PostSubject: Re: clutch action   clutch action Empty13th May 2014, 12:01

Hello,

Unfortunately there is no adjustment on the clutch pedal itself. Normally the biting point gets higher with wear on these clutches. Is the pedal very light or firm to heavy? Bleeding the clutch can be hard as it needs to ideally be removed and the pin clamped into the slave cylinder as the bleed screw is not in the best place and not all the air comes out unless it is tilted.

Thanks.

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PostSubject: Re: clutch action   clutch action Empty13th May 2014, 18:08

TWG, I'm suer it doesn't need blleding as it will not "pump" up.

To engage gear from rest I have to push the pedal into the carpet.

With no previous experience of BMW minis I've liitle idea if the pedal is hard or soft but it feels correct to me.

I'll just accept it,

Again, many thanks.
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PostSubject: Re: clutch action   clutch action Empty13th May 2014, 20:06

I wonder if the clutch is dragging a bit. Can be a sign of the pressure plate wearing and not fully realising the clutch. That would cause it to be very hard to get it into gear when stationary.

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PostSubject: Re: clutch action   clutch action Empty13th May 2014, 20:17

TWG, no not that. It goes in very easily if the pedal is fully depressed. It also cahnges on the move easily but doesn't need to be pushed into the carpet.

Not sure if you know but I was a mechanic (on the original Mini at University Motors, 1961). There is nothing that I would condemn the clutch for other than the long pedal. I'm only bothered because I'd like the seat back a bit but wouldn't be able to push the pedal to the floor.

I did ask in our local BMW dealer and they said TADTS, but it may have got a bit screwed in translation.

Many thanks again, I'll put up with it, I'm only being ultra fussy.

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PostSubject: Re: clutch action   clutch action Empty24th June 2014, 14:39

Sorry for the thread hijack, but I'm finding the clutch on my R52 very heavy and it squeaks when you put the peddle down. I've also noticed the occasional judder on releasing the clutch. Is this a clutch on the way out (car has done 44k miles, no idea if that's a good mileage for a clutch in a mini?) or potentially something else?

Thanks in advance
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PostSubject: Re: clutch action   clutch action Empty24th June 2014, 15:20

Judder sounds like oil contamination or worn clutch plate. The squeak could be the clutch release bearing.

This diagnosis is general, I do not have specific experience with the BMW mini.

Why not drop it in to Wil at TWG and he will (pun?) tel you.
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PostSubject: Re: clutch action   clutch action Empty24th June 2014, 15:23

Thanks Norman, I'm trying to avoid spending any more cash on the car for the moment, but equally I don't want to get stranded there. When a clutch goes, does it tend to just slip more? I'd like to not spend the money until I have to!

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PostSubject: Re: clutch action   clutch action Empty24th June 2014, 17:49

It doesn't sound like your clutch is slipping as you'd notice that. The revs will rise but the car will not go that much faster.

Without seeing the car it's difficult to predict but it sounds like if you're gentle with the clutch it can last for a while.

How far away are you TWG, Will can take a look and advise you far better than I can over the internet.
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PostSubject: Re: clutch action   clutch action Empty24th June 2014, 17:52

Thanks Norman
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