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Posted 13 February 2003 - 05:31 AM

Just this morning, ive had major problems getting the car into 1st.... i have to depress the clutch, release, press again, then it MAY go in.... all other gears are fine though [B)]



Ive had a mate look at it, and there are no obvious noises or juddering to indicate that the clutch is on its last legs, anybody have any ideas??


#2 Andy_Ran

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Posted 13 February 2003 - 05:54 AM

Sounds strange, i some times have a few problems coming down into 1st, but it is only on occasion, and it is just notchy. Could it be the syncro???

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Posted 13 February 2003 - 05:58 AM

Its only when im not in motion that its a problem... it seems to slip in fine if i change just as im stopping....

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Posted 13 February 2003 - 06:05 AM

That is the oppiste of what i get, it is when i stop it drops in! How strange.

Any other ideas??



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Posted 13 February 2003 - 06:27 AM

Is it any easier after the car gets warmed up ?

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Posted 13 February 2003 - 06:31 AM

Seems to get worse Tom to be honest. Just left work, and sitting before moving, it slots in no problem. But it was after 5 miles or so that it started..... i hope this isnt gonna be anything costly...



....... oh, i have noticed a strange burning smell coming through the air vents in the last 2 days though. I know its cold weather, but ive never ever smelt this..... and its noticable just through normal driving.

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Posted 13 February 2003 - 07:26 AM

Do you still have warranty on the car??

Burning smells are never good.





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Posted 13 February 2003 - 07:27 AM

*Gulp* ...... nope, ran out 5 months back..



why am i starting to regret buying these new alloys and tyres big time already? [:(]

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Posted 13 February 2003 - 11:42 AM

BUMP!

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Posted 14 February 2003 - 03:00 AM

Okay, i was just gonna let this topic fizzle out, but i guess i should own up..... [:I]



This happened again this morning, really was beginning to irritate me.... so i kept the gearstick held to the left, and inspected. It seems, that the new knob and leather gaitor i installed about 4-6 weeks ago are the culprit(s). The leather is underfolding on the left, and just needs pulling up and repositioning.... that was it.



Ill get my coat...

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Posted 14 February 2003 - 03:10 AM

Glad to hear you got it sorted Chris. its nice when the solution is so easy.

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Posted 14 February 2003 - 11:18 AM

all that worry for nothing, i bet you feel better about those wheels now!!





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Posted 14 February 2003 - 11:34 AM

Just slightly! lol



Nothing worse than feeling your gonna have to shell out some big big money..... fingers crossed for the future [;)]

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Posted 14 February 2003 - 12:05 PM

ROFL

Life is only what you make it

Make it VW


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Posted 14 February 2003 - 12:32 PM

quote:
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ROFL






Yeah yeah.... go on, have a good chuckle.... [;)] lol

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Posted 14 February 2003 - 02:36 PM

still doesn't explain the burning mate...!

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Posted 14 February 2003 - 03:52 PM

The apparnet 'burning' smell could be easily explained away.



OK, so it's been pretty frickin cold the last few days?



You have the heater on recirc, and you get dust on the heat exchanger.

Next thing is you turn up the heater control valve, letting in higher temperature water to the exchanger.

This can cause a funny smell but i wouldn't call it burning.



From the posts i've read about your wheels, the tyres could be the answer - rubbing etc.



Alternatively it could be related to the unusual forces being put on your gear box or s elector, by the problem you described.



HTH





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