[Vwdiesel] Clutch Thumping

mark shepherd mark at shepher.fsnet.co.uk
Fri Feb 6 14:16:09 PST 2009

Funny sounds can be clutch plate springs loose. Will the noises persist if 
car is taken out of gear when at the speed where it occurs? Engine off but 
drifting at the same speed?

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Will Taygan" <william at taygan.com>
To: <vwdiesel at vwfans.com>
Sent: Friday, February 06, 2009 6:39 AM
Subject: [Vwdiesel] Clutch Thumping

> Wow, I have been going through unending round of repairs.
> 91 Jetta 1.6 ecodiesel
> For the past year the clutch/tranny or something would rattle at idle.
> When I would speed up it would catch and run smoothly.
> Today the wife calls from the highway saying something sounds like it's
> dragging, but she can't see anything.
> I take it out this evening and my first thought is CV joints, but it
> doesn't happen on turns and sounds to be coming from directly under the
> engine.
> At high speeds the sound goes away.
> It happens worst when accelerating/driving at slow speeds, but it will
> make sounds while slowing down in gear.
> The sound comes and goes.
> I can make it quiet by depressing the clutch while slowing down.
> I'm assuming I need to do some clutch work.  Time to learn something new
> and buy more tools I guess.
> Ideas?
> Drive till it breaks, or fix immediately?
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