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Old 08-06-2009, 02:25 PM
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240D acceleration question (linkages?)

I just had my clutch replaced by a mechanic. Would they have had to disconnect the throttle linkages to do this?

It seems like acceleration is not as good as it used to be (I know - "what acceleration???" ), particularly in 3rd and 4th gear on the freeway - flooring it is necessary just to keep up on a mild hill in 40-50MPH traffic.

I don't remember it being like that. I could be wrong though as it has been several months since I have driven the car.

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Old 08-06-2009, 02:36 PM
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I wouldn't think they would not need to mess with the linkage, but you never know. Trace the linkage through all it's connections and make sure none are loose, make sure the pump lever is moving full stroke with the foot feed depressed to the floor. I bought a 240D with the problems you described and thought the motor was shot. Turns out a gommet had fell out of the linkage at the top of the engine and the pump was not opening up all the way. The mechanic could have unknowingly destroyed a bushing or grommet that was already in bad shape from age.
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Old 08-06-2009, 03:11 PM
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Coincidental failure of the linkage is possible. More likely the linkage was tweaked when they lowered the rear of the engine down I suspect.

As the poster said get some pretty girl walking by to hold the pedal to the metal. Then inspect to see it the pump arm has gone all the way or you can push it a little further. Remember thats why people all claim their 240s are slow. All their pump linkages are messed up.
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Old 08-06-2009, 03:20 PM
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Originally Posted by barry123400 View Post
Remember thats why people all claim their 240s are slow. All their pump linkages are messed up.
Yeah, my linkage is so messed up that I can't even get it out of the driveway right now. Once I get around to some minor things - you know,
replacing motor mounts, flex discs, throwout and pilot bearings, and various suspension problems . . . then I will see to that darned linkage!

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