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RE: [T3] Invasion

I just wanted to thank each and every one of you guys that helped me...I
figured it would be best to have someone who has actually done clutches
work on my FB so it is in my brothers shop and I am going over there
today to learn what the hell happened so next time I will know what to
do :-) THANKS SO MUCH! <3 Nat

-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Adney [mailto:jadney@vwtype3.org] 
Sent: Saturday, May 20, 2006 6:44 AM
To: type3@vwtype3.org
Subject: RE: [T3] Invasion

On 19 May 2006 at 8:33, Natassia Niblett wrote:

> It won't shift into gears...I either need a new one or the syncrows
> gone and I need a new tranny is that right? I thought it was the
> because when I adjusted the clutch cable it got better and I was able
> shift now I cant even get it into ANY gear :-(

The transmissions are pretty durable, so the problem is most likely 
to be in the clutch area.

If it won't go into any gear, even standing still, then my guess is 
that it's just not completely releasing for some reason. The most 
probable causes are a broken (or mostly broken) clutch cable or a 
seized pilot bearing. The cable is relatively simple to replace, but 
the pilot bearing requires that you pull the engine.

Chris mentioned the release bearing forks, which certainly go bad, 
but if those are broken you will probably have a clutch pedal that's 
sitting on the floor (because the little return spring's long broken) 
or it's really weak feeling.

It's also possible that the steel clutch cable tube that's welded 
into the body pan has broken loose where it exits the rear of the 
pan. This can also be fixed without taking much apart. You just have 
to remove the cable, slip a large washer over the end of the tube, 
and gently weld the washer to the tube.

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

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