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Old 10th December 2012, 04:41   #1
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clutch question

Tried to do a search but no results, I have an SMG with 66k on the odo. How do you know when its time to replace the clutch? The car has been a little more sluggish and more aggressive driving is required to get the car moving...
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Have you changed your tranny fluid yet? Or when was it last serviced. The manual says to change it every 3rd oil changed. My M has 80,000 and I still have the original clutch in, but I am getting close to needing a new one.
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How about the clutch reset by coasting in N and pulling both shift paddles? It sounds like you are saying the car is sluggish getting off the line, that is, sluggish engaging the clutch from a stop when you want to go. I believe this is what the clutch reset is designed to do.
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I think your clutch is slipping.

I would suggest you get prepared to replace it anytime soon.
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I don't disagree with any of the above, as I experienced almost the same symptoms as well as hard shifting 1-2,2-3,3-2,and 2-1.

Before anything else and by far the cheapest, find an independant repair shop and have them run the 3 steps of SMG teach-in and adaptation. My car drives extremely smoothly with no clunking or hesitation after reteaching the "H-pattern". I am mentally preparing for the clutch swap (2006 at 63K miles), but couldn't be happier with the SMG right now. Takes 30 min, so you're looking at 1 hour of labor.

May not be the answer, but certainly cheaper than a clutch if it works.
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Euro SMG flash w/proper teach-in should show improvement (unless you need a new clutch)
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