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    Thread: Is my clutch done?

    1. 08-03-2012 07:05 AM #1
      In the past month, i have noticed that sometimes when i switch gear from from 1 to 2, and from 4 to 3, i can hear a slight knock when i let go of the clutch. There is no obvious negative impact on performance, but this has me a little worried. I bought this car without service book, so i dont know if the clutch or gearbox has ever been switched. I dont think so. It has 130.000 km on the clock.

      Also, i had the car remapped and dynoed, and it now has 207hp, 310nm and peaks at 1.5 BAR of boost, then settles at 1.2 after a few seconds (According to the boost gauge). Can the stock car handle this?

      Its an A3 1.8T AUM

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      08-03-2012 12:58 PM #2
      Can you feel the clutch slipping when switching gears? I am not sure about the knock sound, but if you go WOT right when you enter a gear and the rpms increase fast but your tires aren't spinning and you aren't moving, then your clutch is on its way out. I am running a stock clutch on a K04 and it is fine. However, when I got the initial tune it finished off the original clutch pretty fast ( it had 120k miles on it though).
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      08-03-2012 01:07 PM #3
      Go under your hood and check your motor mounts

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      08-03-2012 03:37 PM #4
      I vote for motormts, especially the dogbone. Also check the CV joints.
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      08-03-2012 10:56 PM #5
      sounds like mounts or dual mass flywheel
      the car is on an inclined driveway and up on jack stands in the front only
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    6. 08-04-2012 06:29 AM #6
      No, it doesnt slip. The only problem is the gearbox and clutch makes more noise than usual when i switch gears and step on the clutch.
      2002 A3 1.8T

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      08-04-2012 02:43 PM #7
      Does the clutch pedal feel strange or just the noise?

      Put it in low gear and just press the gas and let off. Do that a few times in a row. If you do this correctly, you will be able to re create the sound, thus implicating your motormounts and still possibly inboard CV joint.
      Last edited by PoorMansDub; 08-04-2012 at 02:47 PM.
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    8. 08-05-2012 01:33 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by PoorMansDub View Post
      Does the clutch pedal feel strange or just the noise?

      Put it in low gear and just press the gas and let off. Do that a few times in a row. If you do this correctly, you will be able to re create the sound, thus implicating your motormounts and still possibly inboard CV joint.
      I did that, and doing this with the gas does nothing, but i figured out i can force the sound by driving in second gear slowly and and pushing the clutch down, and when i release it does produce the sound, which is like a clicking sound. When im just pushing the clutch in and out it does the sound every time unless i do it really fast. When im actually switching gear the sound gets a louder, but seems to only be when the second gear is involved.
      2002 A3 1.8T

    9. 08-06-2012 07:11 AM #9
      bump
      2002 A3 1.8T

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      08-06-2012 09:15 PM #10
      Try bleeding the clutch slave. Open the brake fluid resivour and top it off and then crack the bleeder screw on the slave on the trans and let the fluid drain for a bit. Your slave may be sticking, but I still think a dmf issue
      the car is on an inclined driveway and up on jack stands in the front only
      02 GTI 1.8t:> 42DD 3" turboback, BFI full stg1 mount kit, Evoms CAI, Forge boost hoses, Tacotaco sidemount, Ebay TIP, IE 2.0 coil conversion, IE manual tensioner, 20th front brake conversion, IE emissions delete, 42dd catch can, Koni STR.t & WRD sport springs, Samco Coolant hoses, SMF vr6 clutch kit.

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