[200q20v] Clutch replacement options?

Phil Rose pjrose at frontiernet.net
Sat Sep 22 01:01:49 EDT 2001

At 6:02 PM -0700 9/21/01, Joseph Vanzeipel wrote:
>I talked to a mechanic when I had the master cylinder replaced.  I 
>described that when the engine (transmission) got hot, the car would 
>make a funny noise when I would start from a dead stop in first 
>gear, which increased when I had a load on the engine or a lot of 
>people in back, and starting uphill.  The car would seem to slip, 
>but no smell came through.  He told me that it was probably the 
>pilot bearing, not a worn clutch plate, and he seemed to stand by 
>his word, but he would need to take apart the transmission to verify 
>Anyone BTDT?  Looks like I need to save some more money.

He must've said take _out_ the tranny, not "take apart". I'm not sure 
why the pilot bearing failure would cause the car "slip".  Anyway, I 
really don't know what any symptoms of pilot-bearing failure are, but 
when my tranny was dropped in order to replace the input shaft oil 
seal, I also asked to have the throw-out bearing and pilot bearing 
replaced (the clutch had been replaced about 20k miles ago by PO and 
throw-out bearing was probably fine, but what the hell.) As you might 
suspect, the pilot bearing for our cars is a special one--not used in 
previous years. I got it from Carlsen Audi, and AFAIR it cost about 
$60 or 65.


Phil Rose				Rochester, NY
'91 200q				mailto:pjrose at frontiernet.net

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