[T3] Clutch Plate update...

Dave Hall dave at hallvw.clara.co.uk
Tue Oct 31 06:21:32 PDT 2017

Since the cable is adjusted from 'down below' I get under (safely) and move
the operating lever by hand to feel for a small amount of free-play.  There
should be the smallest free movement (1mm maybe) before it gets impossible
as there's no way your arm can exert enough force to move the pressure plate
Then you can check for the pedal free-play just to make sure things are

Don't forget there should be a sag in the outer guide tube.  If it's
straight, you'll get awful clutch judder.  Make sure the bracket is not
cracked (less common with the heavier bracket, but common in '50s Beetles).

UK VW Type 3&4 Club

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Sent: 30 October 2017 13:58
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Subject: Re: [T3] Clutch Plate update...

On 29 Oct 2017 at 20:56, J. Jonik wrote:

> Status now is...can't shift when engine running...that's with clutch pedal
in or out, no difference.

Okay, so you're back where you started, indicating that the drive train was
just "bound up" locking the tranny in gear.

> * No, didn't grease anything before assembly.

It's always good to put a little grease on the needle bearing in the gland
bolt, but it will probably be fine.

> * Clutch cable seems like it could use about 3/4 inch snugging up. The 
> adjust wing-nut end should be just touching the lever, but not enough 
> to put tension on the cable, right?

You're WAY out of adjustment. There should be tension on the cable when it
is properly adjusted, but if the spring at the arm on the tranny is broken,
there won't be, and it will be very difficult to see if the adjustment is
Those springs are cheap, I stock them, and they are relatively easy to
install, especially since you've already got the wing nut freed up. Replace
your spring then adjust for ~3/4" of free play at the pedal.

The spring is important because it keeps the throwout bearing from riding
lightly on the pressure plate all the time, which causes unnecessary wear to

> * If I push the pedal way down, there's a clunk noise.  What's that? 
> Clue to something? 

Not sure, but it may go away once you get the return spring and free play
all good.

Jim Adney, jadney at vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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