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Re: [T3] Transmission questions

On 20 Jul 99, at 11:29, oofacts@earthlink.net wrote:

> 2) Lately I've been having a hard time getting the car into first. Esp in
> hot weather.  Especially when carrying some weight. No mattter what I do
> the car shakes into first. No problem with the rest of the gears. This
> started up mildly two weekends ago, but was noticeably worse on Sunday
> (another 100 degree day here). After some research, I noticed about 1.5" of
> clutch pedal freeplay and reined it in, and while the problem is somewhat
> less, its hard to tell because I wasnt operating under a similar load
> (another passenger and a full tank of gas) like I was the day before. Muir
> says I probably have a distorted flywheel, but do these things get worse?
> Wouldnt I have had this problem before? Bentley has no transmission
> troubleshooting tips.

Clutch pedal free play is hard to judge because there is supposed to 
be a clutch return spring on the side of the tranny case, wrapped 
around the clutch arm. I would wager that more than half of the 
collective springs on listee's cars are broken. They can be a bear to 
replace, but only with tension on the cable from the rear can you 
make a good judgment of free play.

The important thing is that there be SOME free play, but it is 
foolish to adjust this to a minimum because as the clutch wears the 
freeplay diminishes.

Jim Adney, jadney@vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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