[200q20v] Argh...clutch issues

Peter Schulz peschulz at cisco.com
Fri Oct 26 10:16:15 EDT 2001

At 04:01 AM 10/26/2001 -0400, Zoot531 at aol.com wrote:
>Hello Again,
>      I am still anticipating taking the reigns of the 91 200TQ i just 
> recently bought.  Had a slight problem though.  The very courteous owner 
> from whom i bought the car was taking it to get smogged when the Slave 
> cylinder on the clutch decided to go South.  So this was repaired by the 
> owner, but while it was being changd out the mechanic said that audi's 
> with this kind of milage (89K miles...very easy miles) often had to have 
> the clutch replaced.  Is this generally true? And if so, how much does a 
> new clutch usually run?  Also, what would be involved if i were inclined 
> to do this myself at home?
>                           Thank you for your time,
>                              Adam Chinchiolo
>200q20v mailing list
>200q20v at audifans.com


Find another mechanic.

I replaced the first clutch on my 1991 200 20vTQW at 150 kmiles because of 
problems with the pressure plate - there was still plenty of pad on the 
clutch plate itself.

My CQ still has the original clutch at 150k miles.

Unless you are experiencing problems like a worn throw out bearing, or 
issues of clutch slippage or too much pressure required to engage the 
clutch (stiffened fingers on the pressure plate), there should be no need 
to replace the clutch.

If you ARE going to do the clutch , then you should also replace the rear 
main seal, repack the front inner cv joints and the driveshaft joints, 
replace the front axle seals (if they are leaking), check and replace the 
transmission mounts if needed, etc.

In order to replace the clutch, you need to drop the exhaust , driveshaft, 
and transmission.
Which is more easily done with the car on a lift instead of jackstands...



Peter Schulz
1990 CQ
1991 200 20v TQW
Chelmsford, MA USA
peschulz at cisco.com

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