[T2] Clutch problem?

Erik Burtis ewdb92 at gmail.com
Thu Jan 26 06:01:15 PST 2017

Hi Olive,
When you pick up the pedal does anything on the trans move or are you just
taking up slack in the cable?  As Chris said, there is no spring on the
pedal.  I would start by replacing the cable - they are cheap, you can do
it yourself, and you do not have to deal with a trip to the mechanic.  If
that doesn't help, check the bowden tube bend.  Sometimes the weld breaks
and the tube moves, sometimes something hits them and they get bent out of
whack.  If you still have problems, then an engine/trans pull might be in
order, but hopefully you don't get to that stage.


On Wed, Jan 25, 2017 at 7:39 PM, c.dreike <c.dreike at verizon.net> wrote:

> Hi Olive,
> I know that in my splitty there is a spring on the arm at the
> transmission. None at the pedal. I believe your bay bus is the same.
> I have had a sagging clutch pedal when my clutch cable was in the process
> of breaking. Not all the cable strands fail at the same time. As strands
> break, the pedal sags until it falls to the floor and you will have to
> drive without the clutch. Can be done with little trouble. AND, maybe your
> wing nut has rotated loose and simply needs to be tightened a few turns.
> Driving without the clutch:
> 1. Shut off engine
> 2. Put into 1st gear. (sometimes first pulling into second gear will help)
> 3. Start engine, car will chug and buck slightly.
> 4. Bring speed up to about 15mph.
> 5. Back off on the gas pedal slowly while putting some pressure on the
> shift arm towards second gear. If the engine load is about neutral with
> your speed, The shifter should move easily out of gear and into the neutral
> position.
> 4. Press gently into the 2nd gear position. As the engine revs down, 2nd
> gear will engage. Bring speed to about 25mph.
> 5. Continue in the same manner, easing up on gas while shifting to next
> gear. Sometimes its necessary to rev the engine a bit to get the next gear
> to engage.
> 6. Takes a little practice but after doing this for a bit, you will wonder
> what the clutch is for.
> The trick is to ease up force on the drive train so that the synchros will
> allow the gears to engage. Down shifting requires revving the engine while
> in neutral to match the engine rpms with your rolling speed.
> Good luck,
> Chris
> On 1/25/2017 2:37 PM, OLIVE Yah wrote:
>> Chris
>> Apologies for asking you. Again :-)
>> My clutch pedal is not returning to what I think/ remember as full
>> height.  Is there supposed to. Be a spring at fron end that may have broken
>> off.  I have been under, no ends of spring attached to anything.
>> I also looked at other end , the wingnut, while John depressed the pedal.
>> There is only about 1/2 inch of the cable moving at that end.
>> The freeplay at pedal is hard to ascertain  as it seems loose, ie we can
>> pull it up a few inches.
>> I plan to take it in, but it is a hell trip to mech, and I want to be
>> sure I'm not imaging it :-)
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