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Yesterday started car and drove to work. Clutch pedal moved half the normal distance before there was any "bite". Put it down to cold wet start. Then it did it again at lunch time only it was worse and only 25% of the normal movement had "bite". Then it was not possible to change gear and clutch would not return from floor.

I have been advised it is likely to be the master cylinder, but car is only 30 months old with approx 30,000 on the clock. Will report back with findings.
 

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Garage changed master cylinder and problem was still there. Gearbox has now been dropped to check slave cylinder.....
 

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Slave cylinder ordered and to be fitted tomorrow. Clutch is supposedly "mint" and not worth replacing which is good news. The lad said he would not replace it if it was his......
 

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Did the box have to be dropped to get to the slave cylinder?? On the PDs 02M 6 speed it just clips on the side of the box externally.
 

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does sound like the slave cylinder or a leak somewhere anyway. Only other clutch porblem I know about is the snapping pedal issue, bu thats a suddenly loss of all resistance as the thing breaks!!

I hope you know how ot change gear with no clutch Horace! I drove my mk3 all the way form St Andrews cardiff wiht no clutch once when it broke!! Stopped for gas twice!! A handy skill for emergencies, clutchless changes!!!

Hope it gets sorted
 

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I hope you know how ot change gear with no clutch Horace! I drove my mk3 all the way form St Andrews cardiff wiht no clutch once when it broke!! Stopped for gas twice!! A handy skill for emergencies, clutchless changes!!
How ??
 

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They had to drop the box to do the slave cylinder. When they did, they said the clutch was immaculate (which surprised me) so they put it back together with new master and slave cylinders, and it has been tickety boo ever since. Glad it was done under warranty though!
 

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I hope you know how ot change gear with no clutch Horace! I drove my mk3 all the way form St Andrews cardiff wiht no clutch once when it broke!! Stopped for gas twice!! A handy skill for emergencies, clutchless changes!!
How ??
Would`nt mind knowing this my self, From what ive heard I think you let the revs drop to idle speed before you change up? but how you move off in 1st is a mystery. Tell us more Simch
 

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Its not easy, nor something I would reccomend doing often lol.

I occasionally do it when driving my classic drag/race car, while in gear you should be able to pull/push it into neutral with little of no effort.

Basically if im accelerating, drop it into neutral without the clutch, apply light forward pressure in the direction of the gear I am aiming for, blip the throttle keeping pressure on the lever until no resistance is felt and it slots in, it also sounds cool as feck doing it with a Smallblock V8.....

Down shifts the same, back off the throttle/brake, when you are slighlty under the RPM you want drop it into neutral, blip the throttle to match the road speed and slot it into the gear you want.

Before cars had synchro's it was the norm, i think most cars only had a synchro on 1st gear.

Theres no right/wrong way of doing it its just practise and your own method and type of gerbox you are using, as for starting the car ive never done it but I would imagine you start it in first gear and go from there.
 

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does sound like the slave cylinder or a leak somewhere anyway. Only other clutch porblem I know about is the snapping pedal issue, bu thats a suddenly loss of all resistance as the thing breaks!!

I hope you know how ot change gear with no clutch Horace! I drove my mk3 all the way form St Andrews cardiff wiht no clutch once when it broke!! Stopped for gas twice!! A handy skill for emergencies, clutchless changes!!!

Hope it gets sorted
I missed this thread first time round. Sorry mate. Changing gear with no clutch is easy, as long as you get the timing right, but starting the car is gear is a bit rough! Luckily the car was towed to the garage free of charge so I was lucky!
 

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My car started doing this the other day replaced the master cylinder and thought the only thing left to do was the slave cylinder!!! Looks like the gearbox is coming out then!!!! My car is a MK4 Golf 1.8t Anniversary with 44000 miles on the clock.
 

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No its out of warranty!!! [:'(] Got fixed yesterday by my mate so back on the road!!!![:D]

I'm not very impressed with car as the water pump broke last month!! Got one from eurocar parts with a metal impellar ?29
 

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Mates rates then I hope [y]

Seems you have had 2 of the "common" faults. You may well still have the window regulators, engine temperature sensor, MAF etc to follow suit. I have still to look forward to the water pump giving but luckily, my car is under warranty til June [y]
 

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Not sure if mine is doing the same thing as the issue you had but the garage (over the phone) is expecting to do the same work on it.

My pedal (when i first got the car) stuck half way up but this released fine with a tap underneath and hasnt repeated, however i feel the pedal isnt returning properly all the time, not enough force pushing my foot back. Is this the same as your both got?

It a 6speed 1.8T box but im out of warranty, How much did you pay for your fix?
 

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Mine was fixed for free, but I think it is a 5 hour job to drop the box and check the cylinder and put it all back together. Multiply that by ?30-?50 an hour plus the price of the cylinders and then a clutch if it is worth doing while the box is out. I doubt you would see change out of ?400 or probably ?500.
 

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Yeah thats about the price im getting for new clutch and slave cylinder, 5 hours of ?40 + vat plus parts of ?110 for the clutch and ?32 for slave cyl.

Dont know if its worth doing the master cyl first incase its that. They said they would look at it first to see which its going to be.

They also made reference to a worst case of having the Flywheel done too as a couple of cars they have fixed this on have need it doing also, in which case my bill is ?600+

Just what i need on car ive only had 2 weeks and bought to save some money!! Grrrrrrr.
 

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Just had the clutch/fly/bearing/cylinder on mine done at a VW/Audi specialist at a cost of ?620 all in. Thats a TDI, but I would imagine the cost will be very similar for a 1.8 turbo.

They do a clutch on a 6 Speed TDI for ?270 all in though.
 

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Mine did the same...slave cylinder...although managed to get VW to put the master cylinder in first under warranty and so got both new....[Y]
 
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