[s-cars] Odd clutch behavior.....

djdawson2 at aol.com djdawson2 at aol.com
Wed Feb 25 19:01:49 PST 2009

 Hey Jim,
Hope you have been well in Montana...

I seriously doubt that any water related issue is the source of your problem.? I would suspect that your slave cylinder is starting to give out.? Pumping repeatedly will usually provide a cure for a while, but eventually the fluid will leak past the seals enough to prevent normal actuation.? I would bet that this behavior will return soon.

Also... you'll want to get the after-run pump back in there as soon as practical.? There's a good reason why Audi turbochargers live a long time, and one of the biggest ones is the fact that there is a good after-cooling system... prevents coking and other bad stuff around the turbo bearing and oil return... FWIW.

Take care,



-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Fleischer <jim at almgt.com>
To: s-car-list at audifans.com
Sent: Wed, 25 Feb 2009 7:43 pm
Subject: [s-cars] Odd clutch behavior.....


The Audi Gods are starting to wake from a long winter's nap and are pestering me 
to no end........

So, I've got the rear hatch wires taken care of......then an oil change and a 
temporary coolant leak fix with an elbow piece until I get my hands on an 
auxiliary water pump..... everything is sealed up nicely, no leaks anywhere, car 
is up to temp, hop in, and can't get my car in gear.  Clutch pedal feels normal, 
back and forth, 5-10 times, can't get into gear.  Turn car off, after a little 
persuasion and rocking the car back and forth, am able to get into gear.  Engage 
clutch, try to start car, car lurches forward (gear lever in first).  Turn off 
car, try to get out of gear, not easy, but successful.  Start car, lever in 
neutral, all is fine.  Engage clutch, can't get into gear.  Turn car off, get 
girlfriend to depress clutch pedal while I look around for clues.  Have her 
depress about 5-10 times, I hear creaking coming from the back of the motor/top 
of tranny, I wiggle some hydraulic hoses in general direction of creaking noise, 
I feel "pulsing" in hoses while the clutch pedal is worked back and forth, I get 
back in and viola', I have a normal feeling and operating clutch.  I drive 
downtown, everything is back to normal.  Car pulls fine, no clutch slip, same 
pedal feel as before, same engagement point, everything good.

The only thing that might give a clue as to maybe something "froze" somehow is 
after replacing the after-run pump with the elbow, I washed the area with a 
small bucket of warm water, as coolant was everywhere (I did have a basin to 
collect it below, however.)  We've had some mild days here in NW Montana, but is 
had dipped to below freezing last night and part of today.  Could water have 
gotten in somewhere and froze something?  I had not driven the car for about 5 
days prior to today, as I was pissing coolant.

Any input, much appreciated.  I'll go out later tonight and see if it replicates 


Best regards,

Jim Fleischer (wishing I had a garage)
'95 s6 avant
'83 ur
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