It was diagnosed as a dual-mass flywheel issue. The clutch and flywheel were replaced at 3600 miles. My car is stock.
Starting noticing difficulty shifting (down and up) around 2,500 miles, with 3rd, and 4th, it grew to 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th and progessively harder to shift into those gears with occasional lock up. This was only while driving 3/4 to full throttle and above 4K rpm, if you drove it like a grandmother, no problems shifting. My vehicle is and was completely stock.
Took it to first dealer around 3,000 miles and was told to keep driving it until it got worse.
Took it to a different dealer around 3,800 miles and after a 5 minute drive they tore apart the transmission and found the clutch cracked in 3 places (I saw it with my own eyes). The ended up replacing the clutch, pressure plate and fluids.
Pieces replaced under warranty:
QTY: Part Number: Description:
6 N-903-207-01 Screw
1 06J-141-015-JX Clutch Kit
-1 06J-141-015-JX Core Return
6 Hours Labor
Rental Car for one day
Loaner Car for four days
They detailed the car completely on the interior and exterior including waxing it.
All covered under warranty, by Maund VW in Austin, TX, they did a great job, kept me up to date, and were completely professional.
I took delivery of my car on 2/4/12
An update on my car. The issue looks identical to Siliconrane's trouble. A cracked friction disk, and some abnormal wear on the pressure plate.
Sounds like there's some issues with the OEM clutch setup. Has anyone asked for a root cause or further explanation? I'd be a little weary of getting a direct replacement unless VW (or the OEM supplier) could tell me that they've found a defect in a certain batch of clutches.
Do any of you have a clutch noise when engaging the clutch on higher power throttle? Sounds like a "chirp/grinding", but it only happens when using the clutch. It's dead silent under normal throttle shifts, and low rpm shifts. I haven't had any problems getting it into gear, except 2-6th under power which is expected. I'm hoping this noise isn't the start of transmission problems.
Yes, this is the first turbo car I have owned so it could be that, but it clearly only happens when using the clutch and does it on engaging and disengaging. I also hear the the VW clutch can be "noisy" so maybe this is normal.
I want to start by thanking you guys and gals for all the info. This forum is great!
I'm having an issue when starting in first or reverse. I get a noticable clapping sound as the clutch starts to engage. I notice some difficulty from time to time shifting at high rpms, but it just takes a little extra force to get into gear, by no means am i "locked out".
I took it into the dealership today. He heard the sound and said it definately wasn't good. The car will be going back later this month to get looked at in detail.
I will update after they figure out what is wrong with it.
Otherwise its a great car.
1/12 MFD 1400 on the odo. and I starting to notice the gritty clutch feel. I'm really trying to figure if I should bring it to the dealer. I am currently running APR stage 1 and VWR intake, so I'm wondering if i do bring it in should I switch it to stock? Any advice much appreciated!
So by gritty clutch, do you mean that the effort is higher? I've noticed that my clutch, subtly, doesn't seem to be as light as it was when new. And what is high rpm specifically? 5500, 6000, beyond?
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I will be taking my car in soon and have this looked at. I spotted a post by a GTI owner in another forum who complained of the exact same issue. He even took a video of it:
I took delivery of my Golf R 6/9.
My local dealer service department took a look at the clutch "pop" issue during engagement. After 2.5 hours (?) they were able to replicate the issue. They have ordered a replacement part for the linkage between the clutch cylinder and the clutch pedal, but stated that if that doesn't solve the problem, they'll replace the clutch altogether. Not sure I really want/need that, but it's good to know they'll get the job done, not band-aid the problem with lithium grease...
I should have confirmation early next week as to whether or not the new linkage resolves my issue. In the meantime, I'll just keep my Dynaudio a couple of notches louder.
My appointment is Monday morning. I should have some more info then. I have the single pop/click as mentioned above. I wasn't thinking it was an issue. I'll mention it (along with the other things that are going wrong, like the paint) to the service manager and see if they can investigate it as well.
Question for you guys..
when you say you experience difficulty shifting - it is a feeling like:
- clutch in
- pull out of gear
- as trying to push into gear (i.e., 1st to 2nd), you hit a notch where you would normally be pressed down to go into reverse), and have difficulty sliding past the notch?
or is it a different feeling? I'm asking as I don't have other experience driving stick and am trying to figure out whether I have the same shifting issue as some others here...
Just out of curiosity... when you guys let out the clutch pedal where does the clutch start to grab? When I let mine out it doesn't start to grab till the pedals at the top. I was under the impression that the clutch should start to grab towards the bottom as you let the pedal out not the top???? Is this normal or just not adjusted right?
An update on the clicking clutch. Dealer replaced the retention clip that attaches the master cylinder piston to the clutch pedal. Unfortunately, not only did this not fix the issue, but now my pedal feel, resistance and engagement point is TOTALLY jacked up. I almost refused to drive the car home, but the dealer promised a complete replacement of the clutch pedal and assembly on Friday. My patience is wearing thin...
I definately have that gritty clutch feel when I let the clutch of slowly in 1 and second gear. It might be worst in reverse. How can I tell if its really cracked and take it back - or should I go to the dealer. I have like 700 miles picked up around the beginning of June?
My car will be back monday from the dealer for drivetrain noise. They are replacing the flywheel and clutch. flywheel came from germany, clutch from jersey warehouse??!
I didn't really have pop click noise, just the car itself made a whirling noise that i don't believe belongs with the car. my shifting is also fine. they claim they found some excessive play in the flywheel and informed me that our cars have "dampening" flywheels.. does that even make sense? I don't know a lot about cars but that just didn't sound right to me. does anyone have detailed information on our clutch/flywheels? from my understanding is multi mass clutch, and a dampening flywheel...
2012 Golf R - Black WETDUB
APR Stage 2++ (Build Thread)
3rd time was the charm for my clutch click problem. Dealer replaced the pedal assembly and the clutch is smooth, light and linear now. Apparently there was a combo of the plastic arm from the master cylinder, white linkage clip and pedal arm to blame. 3 pieces of plastic in the clutch... Yeah not surprised it failed.