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I think I need a new clutch. I can go into gear, but if I push on the gas pedal too fast it will rev the engine. Also, my speedometer and tachometer stopped working today, and i think it might be related.

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  • andrewmj_hog Apr 20, 2009

    I mainly wanted to know if anyone agreed. Do you think this is something I could do on my own? I'm not much of a mechanic, but I can get by with a little guidance. I haven't the faintest idea how to get to the clutch in my jetta though. Would you be willing to give me some info on taking it out and giving it a good look?

  • andrewmj_hog Apr 20, 2009

    Much appreciated.

  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    yup!!!

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If you have never done one before, it's not something to attempt without at least some previous clutch experience. There are instructions you can follow in manuals like haynes, but there are many tricks and stuff you really need to be aware of and look for while doing the job. I just took apart a jeep that a friend did, but never asked me about...The new unit had a slightly different finger height on the release...resulted in insufficient throw on the bearing and low pedal. (just an example...both units looked identical unless you put them side by side and measured them.) With no experience, things like that can happen and unlike a spark plug, it's not easy to re-do the job!!! Can you do it? Probably. Will it work when finished? Maybe. If you really want to, the least I would recommend is that you get somone in the business that actually knows this stuff give you a hand, even it he just watches.
Which ever way you go, good luck with your car!

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