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RE: [T3] My Square's engine... what to do?

Yea, I agree totally!  I didn't realize that it was slipping till I got
almost all the way home.  I put a front seal in it in 1996 when the original
black one I used died a quick death in 44Kmi, it's a red one in there now so
Im a bit surprised it would leak so soon but hit HAS been 10 years!  We
shall have the whole story shortly.


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-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Adney [mailto:jadney@vwtype3.org] 
Sent: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 9:50 AM
To: type3@vwtype3.org
Subject: RE: [T3] My Square's engine... what to do?

On 15 May 2006 at 19:40, Keith Park wrote:

> Yea, Im coming back on the interstate in Albany heavy on the throttle and
> sounds like Im in third gear, but the shifter is in forth!  Uh oh... bit O
> slippin goin on!  I noticed on the way up the thruway that the cruise
> suddenly 'correct' enough to be noticeable, and since right now its only
> signal is off the points that's what it would do if the clutch starts to
> slip.  Im going to change back to the magnetic pickup when the new tranny
> goes in... more precise speed control.

I'd avoid using the cruis control under these circumstances, since slipping 
like this is REALLY hard on the clutch. Driving under human control, you're 
likely to respond correctly by letting up on the throttle if it starts to

>   I think that it may be an Oil seal problem as this car has mostly
> miles on it and I don't think the clutch is worn out. 

I agree. Pulling the engine to replace the seal is relatively simple. When 
replacing the seal, make sure to polish the neck of the flywheel to remove
trace of roughness. I like to use 400 or 600 wet or dry paper, wet with
oil. The surface should have a featureless satin surface when you're done.
MUST oil the nose of the flywheel and the seal lip as you put things back 
together. The seal will be damaged if it runs dry against the flywheel for
a very short time.  

Jim Adney
Madison, WI 53711-3054

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