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Old 06-03-2014, 02:00 PM
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Clutch Life

I recently bought a 240D with 322,222 miles on it. It runs pretty good, and the manual transmission seems to work just fine. I never got around to asking the previous owner how long it had been since he replaced the clutch and now I'm wondering how much time do I have left before I have to bite that bullet. Like I stated, she shifts like a dream, but I'm concerned about how long will it be before it goes out! Any help will be welcomed!

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Old 06-03-2014, 03:02 PM
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Don't think anyone can answer that question.....Just keep driving it, until you start having issues...
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Old 06-03-2014, 03:42 PM
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Old 06-03-2014, 04:54 PM
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We got our 80 240 from the original owner 4 yrs ago and was 40 mile from flipping 306K. we just rolled 368K last night.

I do have the Release Bearing (Throw Out) making a little noise when I start the engine in the morning. Push in the Clutch a couple times, and she quiets down. I do need to think about it soon to start ordering the parts for replacement.

I asked the orig owner if/when he changed the Clutch. He didn`t remember ever replacing it. I have my doubts that it is the original, but who knows?

I agree, if it works, don`t fix it till you start having a issue. It could last a long time.

Would be good to pressure flush the brake system and the Clutch system to get the old fluid out. if it is dark colored, you need a flush. Since the Slave Cylinder is the lowest point, any moisture will gravitate along with other gunk to it.

Be good to use a turkey baster to suck out the reservoir first, and get out as much of the old fluid before flushing with a Power Bleeder.

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Old 06-03-2014, 08:25 PM
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Most often clutches give a LOT of notice they are failing, slippage, chattering...etc. On rare occasions they suffer a sudden catastrophic failure, but those types of failures can also happen immediately after doing a clutch job (through out bearing failure for example). Most of the time, it'll slowly let you know....hey buddy, I'm not going to go forever on this thing.
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Old 06-03-2014, 10:46 PM
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Not a lot of power. So used reasonably may have a very long life. The manual transmission was used in their gas cars with substantial horsepower and torque. If it is the same diameter clutch as well it is overkill.
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Old 06-03-2014, 10:58 PM
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I would recommend, changing the fluid in the trans if it has never seen it! Guaranteed to be black and sludgey....

When you want to drain the brake reservoir in the manual trans cars, there is no need for a turkey baster....just unhook the clutch line from the rear of the tank..
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Old 06-03-2014, 11:01 PM
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My father bought his 1985 Jetta GL brand new in 85. He sold it in 98 with over 350,000 miles and still on its original clutch. Point here is if you take care of the car and drive it respectfully parts last a long time. As stated a clutch is one of those parts much like brakes that will have different periods of longevity depending on the operator.

No way to know how long it has left but if it's not slipping or chattering its hood to go.

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