Was driving home when suddenly I couldn't change gears. Car won't go in gear unless it's off and stopped. No idea what to do.
Pop the hood. Locate your clutch cable connection to the trans. Pop it off pump the end a few times towards the car, put it back on. Give it a go.
Literally just did this to mine and it worked lol, something is failing, but not this day!
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Start by visually inspecting your cable, is it still attached to the release lever? The attachment forks get old and sometimes break or fall off.
Is your release lever in the 9oclock position? If it's resting at app. 7:30 your auto adjusting cable is shot.
If it's still attached have a friend push the clutch pedal down while you watch the release lever, if the releaese lever moves up to app. 10:30 it's not your cable.
Grab the release lever with your hand and pull it up , if you can pull it into the 10:30 position with your hand than you have an internal problem, but you don't have to pull the transmission yet.
Safely Jack your drivers side wheel off the ground and put a Jack stand under it. Remove your drivers side wheel. There's a green inspection plate that needs to be pryed off ( make sure you have a new replacement the old one can't be reused). Under the plate you'll see a splined release rod and the release lever ( finger ). Grab the outside lever where your clutch cable attachs and move it up again. While you do this keep an eye on the finger. If the lever inside (finger) doesn't move the same as the lever outside, it's probably cracked.
You'll have to remove the release lever shaft and inspect the finger for cracks.
If all that checks out, you're problem is most likely your release plate or pressure plate and it's time to pull the transmission.
I'm pissed and I need $250 to fix it myself. $500 to take it to a shop that can't get it done until next week.
I'm broke and pissed and I have no way to get to work tomorrow.
if the problem turns out to be that the pushrod went through the thrust plate DO NOT replace with anything aftermarket, not even sachs.. (sachs clutch is fine just not the thrust plate).
I had this issue a year ago and replaced with a new thrust plate and new clip...
the rod busted through it again recently...
so while we were installing new parts, my friend and I found that when we installed a NEW sachs thrust plate and new clip the plate would not sit snug and the center point was off...
only an OEM plate would sit correct. which is what we installed.
Last edited by Svën Höek; 08-29-2012 at 09:57 PM.
Come on guys, please, complete sentences at least please.
Sounds like the both of you are in need of a clutch cable. Cheap item, $250 what? Where did that come from? Manual adjust cables are less than 100, so are automatic adjusting.
Last edited by emkaytree; 08-29-2012 at 11:53 PM.
Cables as in plural? Wtf? There is a single cable controlling the clutch, from the front of trans to the pedal.
The lever on the trans (with a broken cable) should be at clutch up position, whilst the pedal is down. Your mechanic is wrong if this is your case, replace the cable.
There is also no way he has a slave cylinder on an 020 trans.
I can move the cable up and down freely with no resistance. If I pull up on it hard enough, the pedal moves back into position, but will not have resistance when depressed.
Haynes manual says pressure plate, cable, and release bearing are possible issues. Figure I might as well replace the whole damn assembly. $250 to DIY it, but that involves finding someone with free time and a lot more tools than I have to help me out.
Last edited by bitcrusher; 08-30-2012 at 04:08 AM.
Before you spend $250 you should follow my next trouble shooting step, pull the green end cap off and look at the release finger. Its not unusual for them to break.
Seriously, stop and do as csrgti said. Get a new green end cap and check the pivot arm. They crack all the time. Its ruled out as being the cable since its beyond the release arm since you move it by hand. Now you can do this with a flat head screwdriver and a jack so check it and report back. I just had this issue but mine was the thrust plate that lost its center button.
For directions visit this site and look under throwout bearing and pivot arm
Last edited by tylerlb; 08-30-2012 at 10:43 AM.
This 110% ^^^
Also, the thrust plate button issue is usually the pushrod bushing, not the plate itself. Most people ignore replacing the pushrod and pushrod bushing when changing the thrust plate, and it gets destroyed in no time. They (Pushrod and thrustplate) wear together, and must be replaced as a set, and by the time the clutch needs done, the pushrod bushing is in need of replacement as well.
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This should be a lesson to you. Stop being a GAP Fanboy.
You should stop buying JUNK from GAP (germanautoparts). They put their clutch sets/kits together, and they don't use all Sachs parts.
Stock VW Parts are Sachs or Valeo or LUK. Sachs Clutch Sets come packaged in a Sachs Clutch Superset Box. If it didn't/doesn't come in a Sachs Superset Box, THEN IT ISN'T A SACHS CLUTCH.
A defective self-adjusting clutch cable, OR a mis-adjusted manually adjusted clutch cable can also cause a problem similar to the one pictured in the photo (looks like it could be a overtravel problem).
Last edited by germancarnut51; 08-30-2012 at 02:44 PM.