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"Osman Parvez" <oparvez1@nycap.rr.com>

Hi folks,
   I was getting out of my car today and noticed something on the floorboard
near the pedals. I pick it up..it's a pin. No, not a needle but a pin with a
diameter slightly smaller than a dime! One end has a groove, the other end
is thick to prevent it from slipping out.
I'd been hearing a "pop" kind of noise when I release the clutch, ever since
I had the new pedal installed. Then suddenly...it was gone (The noise). And
now this pin appears from nowhere. Could the two incidents be related?

Yes. There are tree [clevis] pins in the clutch mechanism.

One secures the "fork" of the Master Cylinder's rod  to the pedal.
The other two secure both ends of the "over-centre spring" - the hollow plastic
unit with a b!tchin' heavy spring inside. This unit assures that your pedal
returns back when you release the clutch.

What happened is your mechanic did not secure the pin with the special locking
washer (coz it's a real pain to get to. Last time I did my clutch my hands
looked like I did a double shift in a butcher shop). Now the pin has fallen out.
The piece that it held is still in place, that's why you don't yet notice any
difference in the clutch behaviour. The pedal will fall on you sooner or later.
BTDT two times.

_Address_it_now_! You will have to anyway, but it's easier in the shop than on
the road side en route to Washington.

I hope to see you at my place by the week's end in a well functioning car.

Igor Kessel
'89 200TQ -- 18psi (TAP)
'98 A4TQ -- mostly stock
Philadelphia, PA