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1986 S3 clutch replacement

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Hi all. Though I'd share this with you all if you don't want to take your gearbox out of the car to replace the clutch then this is for you, Disconnect battery,Remove valance and exhaust boxes, remove boot floor, remove starter and clutch slave cylinder and gear linkage, (I did undo the cross gate cable at the gearshift which allows the box to move back further) remove cross member, disconnect driveshafts inner only, unbolt brake calibers and tie up out the way, remove discs ( a good time to replace them if needed) support engine,remove caliber brackets, undo gearbox bolts and tug like hell, and then you reached your goal, lots of latex gloves plenty of tea or beer (not recommended) a few plasters then put it all back, I'm not a mechanic but I like to have a go, all the posts on here certainly did help, it took me 8 hours to get the clutch out, not to bad I think, just waiting on the new one to be delivered

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As brief as it is..... that's still better than a Haynes Guide.

 

Haynes Guide's guide to clutch replacement.

 

1 - remove old clutch

2 - install new clutch

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When I was in the Immigration Service at Terminal 4 Heathrow, I had old man Haynes' passport in my hand...so I gave hom some grief before I handed it back; as he rightly said...times have changed....people don't do the stuff they used to, and the need for it has largely gone. Who does engine strip downs and gearbox rebuilds...apart from those of us frequenting these hallowed pages..? The days of having to decarbonise every 10,000 miles have gone....and most people wouldn't know how to mend a bicycle.... I was astounded to find out that people PAY to have their bicycle serviced!!

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