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Still got it

March 4, 2007

Just pulling out of the gym (5 miles from home, give or take) I heard a snapping noise as I pushed in the clutch.  Had to be pretty loud for me to have heard it.  Then, no more clutch.  Hopefully it was the clutch cable but I have a feeling it was the throwout bearing.

Thing is, you can drive a manual transmission without a clutch because you still control the throttle.  Engine speed controls the transmission input shaft.  Shifting forks move gears to mesh with the lay shaft, which engages the output shaft which either is controlled by, or controls, the speed of the car depending on this and that.  So by finessing the throttle and vehicle speed, you can make the gears mesh without disengaging the engine from the input shaft.  There are brass rings called synchronizers that make this a bit easier once the car is moving, but you have to shut off the engine at red lights. 

Got home just fine, but the VW isn’t going anywhere again until I fix the clutch.  I have a sinking feeling it was the throwout bearing, which is a cheap part but the engine has to come out to replace it.  Easy enough but this is March and there is snow on the ground.

My car turned 40 this year.

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  1. March 6, 2007 at 19:00 | #1

    I did the throw-out bearing on a ‘62 split-windshield Kombi.  It was pretty aggravating.  But yanking the engine on Beetle?  I had that down to an art.  A transmission jack makes it a lark…

    MC

  2. March 6, 2007 at 20:39 | #2

    Thanks for the suggestion.  I am definitely going to try using a transmission jack this time.

    Might be April before it gets warm enough to lay on the ground, though.  At least that gives me time to order parts.

  3. jdallen
    March 7, 2007 at 13:34 | #3

    I thought you were talking about a hamstring, for a line or so. “Just pulling out of the gym (5 miles from home, give or take) I heard a snapping noise as I pushed in the clutch.  Had to be pretty loud for me to have heard it.”

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