OMG I HATE this F'ing car!!!!!

robert weinberg centaurus3200 at
Fri Jul 10 09:16:39 PDT 2009

Hey guys,

thanks for the support. basically, i depressed the clutch to throw the car in neutral (coming up on traffic), but the pedal never came back up. i can NOT shift into any gear with the car running. the tranny is stuck in neutral. i can move shifter horizontally, but can't put in in any gear. i obviously didn't push too hard. don't want to break something else.

i can't remember if i tried to shift with the engine off. i was too busy keeping a look out to see if i was going to get rear ended as i was stuck in the off ramp lane - not on the shoulder.

i didn't hear anything snap or any funky noise whatsoever. the only reason i realized the clutch pedal never came back up was because traffic let up and i was going to put it back in gear. at which point, i was like "where the F did the clutch pedal go????"

shayne, please come by my place this weekend to take a look. there's food and booze in it for you ;-)

see ya,

From: David G <daveglu at>
To: Ed Kellock <ekellock at>; robert weinberg <centaurus3200 at>; 200q20V mailing list <200q20v at>
Cc: Heather Mehlschau <h_mehlschau at>
Sent: Friday, July 10, 2009 1:24:59 AM
Subject: Re: OMG I HATE this F'ing car!!!!!

Sounds like the clutch is stuck disengauged, never been able to drive one that way.
Strangest problem I have seen on an audi, was clutch stuck disengauged, but petal stuck up, could not depress unless hyd. opened.

Found the clutch fork had worn through where the rod pushes, rod stuck in hole, rod pushed on side of slave piston instead of center and cocked the piston sideways.

Question is "is the clutch engauged or disengauged.
Likely just needs a master and/or slave if engauged.

Dave G

----- Original Message ----- From: "Ed Kellock" <ekellock at>
To: "'robert weinberg'" <centaurus3200 at>; "'200q20V mailing list'" <200q20v at>
Cc: "'Heather Mehlschau'" <h_mehlschau at>
Sent: Thursday, July 09, 2009 9:57 PM
Subject: RE: OMG I HATE this F'ing car!!!!!

> May not be serious.  I can understand that at some point any failure is too
> much to bear.  May only be clutch hydraulics.  I have driven w/o clutch in
> several cars before.  If nothing else, you put it in gear and hit the
> starter and at least you can move out of harm's way, whether the engine
> starts or not.
> Much empathy,
> Ed
> -----Original Message-----
> From: 200q20v-bounces at [mailto:200q20v-bounces at] On
> Behalf Of robert weinberg
> Sent: Thursday, July 09, 2009 10:15 PM
> To: 200q20V mailing list
> Cc: Heather Mehlschau
> Subject: OMG I HATE this F'ing car!!!!!
> i thought me and MR. POS finally reached an understanding. you stop breaking
> and i will buy you presents (mods, paint, etc.).
> guess not. driving back home tonight, i was rolling up on some freeway
> traffic, so i threw it in neutral. funny thing happened, the clutch went
> down, the tranny went into neutral, BUT THE CLUTCH PEDAL NEVER CAME BACK
> UP!!!!
> i was stuck under a freeway underpass (with very light traffic thankfully)
> for 40 minutes. AAA called the cops to push me out of the way, but they
> never came. almost got clipped by 2 speeding jackasses. luckily, nothing
> happened.
> so, what happened? clutch was the smoothest of any car i've ever owned. not
> heavy, no chatter, engaged somewhere in the middle. and now this.
> getting drunk tonight.
> see ya,
> Robby
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