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I have a 1999 (actually late '98) VW Cabrio. Today while changing gears, the clutch pedal remained on the floor (did not return to normal position) and the clutch no longer worked. On further survey, the clutch is engaged regardless of pedal position, the mechanism under the hood (cable and lever) move when you manually move the foot pedal, and if you press real hard on the pedal the clutch will slightly release. Only when pressing hard will the safety allow the engine to be started. Prior to now, no indication there was a clutch problem.

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  • texintn53 Oct 11, 2010

    I have read that the clutch has an auto adjustment feature. Is there a possibility that this has failed or is the only possibility the internal spring?

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  • texintn53 Oct 11, 2010

    Yes, the solution was very helpful. Saved time in further diagnosis.



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The clutch works this way: press the pedal, the pedal pulls a cable, that cable moves a lever with a bearing at its end, that bearing presses on the extremities of the disk spring, that spring deforms and lifts the pressure plate disengaging the clutch plate.
In your case the spring is no longer doing disengaging because either the bearing or the extremities of the disk spring have failed - most likely the latter. You will gonna have to replace the pressure plate assembly.
Here's a complete clutch kit

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  • Azrael SRL Oct 11, 2010

    Yes, it is a self adjusting system, but it works on just a 0.8 centimetre range, the absolute maximum the clutch disk can lose to wear. In no way it can almost completely disconnect the lever from the disk spring. And, if by some catastrophic failure this would have happened, the broken parts would have made an enormous noise in there.

    No, in your case there's definitely the disk, it's broken.

  • Azrael SRL Oct 11, 2010

    Please don't forget to rate me.



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