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Re: stiff clutch & long travel
The clutch pedal height can be adjusted and the Bentley gives the spec -
I believe it is 10mm above the height of the brake pedal.
The clutch action should be easy and smooth. First check out the pedal
adjustment and linkages - it sounds like the adjustment is way off. The
release system is supposed to be self-adjusting and the slave expands to
take up any slack between the release bearing and the pressure plate. I
would think a bad slave/master would result in some pedal travel without
effect, leading to the opposite of your problem - engagement and release at
I've seen some comments on stiff clutch action being caused by build-up
of lining dust on the release mechanism, increasing friction.
Was an OEM clutch installed? Perhaps you have a stiffer "performance"
Other listers have reported clutch engagement at low pedal after the
clutch was replaced, which is what you would expect.
'91 200q 281k km
----- Original Message -----
From: Colin Barfoot <Colin_Barfoot@email.msn.com>
Sent: Wednesday, September 15, 1999 4:01 PM
Subject: stiff clutch & long travel
> Q list,
> In my 1989 200 quattro - with MC engine the clutch was replaced a year or
> ago according to maintenance records. The clutch is however VERY STIFF -
> comparison to my 1986 5000 CD quattro. Also the clutch rides almost 2"
> higher than the brake pedal. Clutch engagement is also at almost fully
> on the travel - at which point my knee almost hits the steering column.
> There is no slipping or anything to indicate the clutch is bad but it is
> certainly different.
> Is it possible that the clutch was changed without the slave cylinder and
> the slave is bad? Any btdt which matches this experience? All ideas
> 86 5000CD quattro 355,000 km (for sale $2k US)
> 89 200 quattro 275,000 km