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Can you confirm my clutch problem?

Asked by Axemusica (9404 points ) January 11th, 2010

So, a few weeks ago when the snow hit I noticed a whiney sound when engaged in a gear and a few times I would touch gears. About a week ago I found it hard to put it in gears sometimes. Tonight when I got to work I think it finally had enough and started making a horrible sound. The sound of metal rotating is only heard when in gear or clutch is engaged. If the pedal is down and not in any gear it won’t make the sound. If the pedal is down with a gear selected it makes the sound. In neutral with the pedal not depressed it makes sound.

Is this more than just a clutch replacement? Any idea’s on how much this would cost for a ‘96 Golf?

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frdelrosario's avatar

Did you try hitting it with a hammer?

Axemusica's avatar

@frdelrosario no. All my tools are 50miles from where I work. At the moment I’m still at work. What would hitting it with a hammer do anyway?

gemiwing's avatar

I have a silly question, sorry. Have you checked your fluid levels?

Axemusica's avatar

@gemiwing for? Coolant and oil are fine. It’s a linkage clutch I believe.

frdelrosario's avatar

Yeah, hitting it with a hammer is probably a dumb idea, but when people ask for medical advice on Fluther, I tell them the same thing.

gemiwing's avatar

@Axemusica – Yeah I thought it was hydraulic. Can’t find that year in my Chilton’s list so it’s a good possibility I’m thinking of the 95.

Axemusica's avatar

@gemiwing I believe 91–97 are the same engine and trany for 2.0fi for golfs and jettas, maybe even bugs.

gemiwing's avatar

@Axemusica I can’t find my data discs for VW’s, sorry. that’s going to bug me And the forums I go to are updating right now so they’re unavailable. Sorry!

Tropical_Willie's avatar

If it makes the sound only when the clutch pedal is UP, than the the problem is most likely in transmission. Clutch problems with noise usually are throw-out bearing related and the sound comes when the pedal is pushed down. I know I had a 1962 Bug made all kinds of ugly sounds when the throw-out bearing failed. Transmission noise is a whine or grinding sound. If the sound changes when you touch or move the shift lever it implies the transmission. I don’t know where you are, and cannot guess the cost. But that said it will NOT be cheap.

Axemusica's avatar

@Tropical_Willie It only doesn’t make sound if only the pedal is depressed alone, without selecting a gear as if I was going to be moving.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

@Axemusica. I would look for a ride home.

Both transmission and clutch repairs are major repairs.

dpworkin's avatar

I agree about the throwout bearing. I don’t think you have a clutch problem. I’m sorry to say, I think you have a transmission problem. Syncro-mesh?

Tomfafa's avatar

You need new clutch springs… simple and cheap.

dpworkin's avatar

Let us hope. What happens when you double-clutch?

Tomfafa's avatar

@pdworkin My early 70s alfas require double clutch.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

@Axemusica Can you start the car with clutch in and the shifter in 1st?

Axemusica's avatar

@Tomfafa Are you certain? Did you have this same problem with your VW? I hope you’re correct, because it’s not looking pretty.

@pdworkin I don’t want to drive it to find out about double clutching, lol.

@Tropical_Willie The car starts, which gear the shifter is in I believe doesn’t matter, but I’m home now & the car isn’t here to investigate, but I did start it a few times while working to see if the clutch needed to cool down as was suggested by another.

The car starts, drives and can change gears during operation. The horrible extremely loud sound that is coming from the car is the reason why I decided to stop where I was at. Luckily I happened to be pulling into work when it occurred.

As I recall, it starts in 1st and neutral. The sound is only not heard when the clutch is depressed (disengaged, pedal to the floor, whatever we’re going to call it, lol) & in neutral. When the clutch is depressed and the shifter is in a selected gear the sound occurs. When the clutch is engaged or in gear while moving of course the sound can be heard.

Tomfafa's avatar

@Axemusica never drove a VW… but the clutch sounds like death! metal ripping and all that..

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