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E21, E30General discussion and technical help for 1975-1991 3 series cars.
So i was going down the road today about an hour ago and i was at a stop light. when i tried to accelerate once it turned green, my clutch was stuck as far back as possible to the floorboard and i could not bring it out. once i was finally able to pull it back to normal, i luckily managed to make it about 30 feet in neutral to a gas station. i believe it was my throwout plate for my clutch. once i was parked i played with it a little bit. i pulled my clutch out a bit and then i pushed it maybe an inch or two and it pushed it's way all the way down to the floorboard again. i haven't looked at any parts but what would i need to get? throwout bearings? any help would be appreciated. thank you.
You are going to have to drop the tranny and take a look. It sounds like for some reason the fork is getting stuck...probably on what's left of your throwout bearing. If I had to guess a new clutch, thowout bearing, and pressure-plate are now on you christmas list.
No, it's not your fork, nor your throwout bearing. If it was, you'd hear scraping noises. The slave cylinder's piston rod only pushes the fork forward, but the piston rod and fork are not actually connected together. Therefore, the fork can't possibly hold the pedal from returning back. Check for clutch fluid leaks. Either your clutch master or slave cylinder is the culprit- one of them probably has to be replaced. Or maybe you'll get lucky and it's just air in the system. In that case you'll need to bleed the clutch hydraulics.
Didn't think about the pedal not returning you got me there, (thanks for the correction) however; I can tell you from experience, as I just had this happen, you don't always hear scraping. In fact you don't necessarily have to hear anything. Just depends how stuff breaks.The only good news I had was that my slave cylander was ok....everything else was trashed.
haven't had a chance to look at it yet. been real busy this past week. thanks for the quick responses. i saw them, just didn't get a chance to respond. anyways, i'm going to check it out this week. hopefully i can find a diagnosis soon...