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Volkswagen/Intermittent clutch problem


DerekTheTortoise wrote at 2012-12-31 12:16:49

I'm a complete amateur, but I wondered if this might help....

I had a clutch cable replaced (by the RAC roadside service!).

Operation continued OK for a while, but then I experienced the same problem. (I had never experienced the problem before!)

My friendly local garage had a 5-minute look, fiddled round with the auto-adjustment fitting at the lower ed of the cable, and problem solved!


It happened again a few miles later - I personally fiddled around with the auto-adjustor, and prblem solved - for a few miles.....

Logical analysis (by a complete amateur, I remind you!) suggests that the cable is being pinched somewhere, and is not releasing properly - hence the description of resetting itself.

When the RAC man fitted the new cable, he had to remove the windscreen wiper mechanism, to thread the cable down to fir on to the clutch pedal. My suspicion is that re-fitting the w/w mechanism may hve pinched or kinked the cable. That could explain it.

I'm off to read my Haynes manual, and probably next week take it down to my garage for a longer look.....

But, sorry to Ron, it doesn't seem likely to be a matter of adjustment - it's virtually an all-or-nothin situation.




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I am proficient in the following areas of VW Air Cooled Models from 1968-1979: Vehicles: Super Beetle, Beetle, Thing, Karmann Ghia, Bus, Westfalia/Bus Areas of expertise years 1968-1979 Engine Rebuild advice for all air cooled engines VW Brake system replacement Automatic Stickshift transmission VW KOOL and DPD air conditioning systems (ex. thing) Westfalia Electrical system dual battery Westy Refridge Repair Westy Cabinet Repair Westy AFC Fuel Injection system (1975 bugs) (1975 bus/Westys) Soundproofing General type 4 engine rebuild/technical data (i.e. 1.7 ltr, 1.8., 2.0) for buses VW Air Cooled Beetle and Bus Paint codes VW Distributor Compatibility Information Westy component repair Emission Systems Exhaust Systems General Electric System Door rebuild (windows, seals, vent windows) Body Panel Removal and general repair (non-welded) Charging System Convertible top Installation: Beetle CV joints Engine Troubleshooting Valve Train Non areas of expertise: High Performance Modifications Front end related components Rear suspension (spring plate adjustment) Bodywork / painting


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