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hey gang-<p>I am posting this on a few different forums so if you are seeing it for the second (or third) time, I apologize...<p>I don't know what happened to my V70 while I was away from it for a few hours, but the car is sitting in my friends' driveway not moving until I can get an idea of what happened:<p>I was geared up to leave for a road trip up north for a week today with a friend who is moving to Seattle. I had the car prepped by my mechanic last week and everything checked out. <p>My friend was running some errands with the car and packing it up while I was at work. I showed her the ropes with how to drive it, and how it likes to be driven, and I felt confident that the car was in good hands. Apparently, though, at some point she let her father drive the car to fill up the tank for us...bad move. It was while he was driving that he experienced a lug in 1st gear, he couldn't put it back into 1st, but 2nd worked, and he drove home in 2nd. (just a block or 2) He started smelling a burning smell just as he got home.<p>I got a call from my friend around midnight, when she was supposed to pick me up from work, and she said the car wouldn't shift into gear and that an awful smell (burning) was coming from the car.<p>Big sigh...<p>So I checked it out myself, the clutch feels super tense, very abnormal. The gears shift when the car is not on, but when the engine IS running, there is no way of shifting into any gear.<p>WTF?<p>All I could do was go to sleep and hope it was all a bad dream. But the reality is that it is Sunday, my mechanic is out of town, and my baby is hurt.<p>What do you guys think? What would you do in this situation?<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Horror story: Clutch Failure in my 1998 V70 T5M (in giro)

Well, either the pressure plate but probably the throwout bearing disintegrated
 

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Re: Horror story: Clutch Failure in my 1998 V70 T5M (JRL)

how long does it take for that to happen? Over a long period of time, or if someone drove the car badly over a 20 minute period?<p>What should I do to fix and how long will it take?<p>thanks.
 

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Re: Horror story: Clutch Failure in my 1998 V70 T5M (in giro)

I'm sure it wasn't completely new, right.<br>I saw someone totally fry a Porsche clutch (brand new car) in 10 minutes several years ago.<br>A NEW clutch can take a couple of these poor "driving deals" but a used one can go "like that"<br>You neglected to say how many miles were on the old clutch(car)
 

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Re: Horror story: Clutch Failure in my 1998 V70 T5M (JRL)

I'm a little skeptical that this was the result of some catastrophic failure of internal clutch components. The fact that the shifter can move from one point to another while the car is not running leads me to believe that this is just a clutch hydraulic system failure.<p>Fortunately, the '98 70-series used a clutch slave cylinder that can be replaced without pulling the transmission, making it a relatively inexpensive job. (On my 99 S70, they went to an integral slave cylinder/throwout bearing assembly that required the transmission to be dropped in order to replace it.)<p>I would check the brake/clutch transmission fluid levels before I went any further. If the level is low, that would be a good indication that there's a fluid leak somewhere that requires a new clutch slave or master cylinder. You may or may not be able to spot a leak at the slave cylinder, near the top of the transmission and roughly under the air filter box. A master cylinder leak *might* be visible in the passenger compartment, way up on the firewall under the dash, near where the clutch pedal mechanism goes through the firewall.<p>Don't panis until a professional looks at it. The solution might be just a couple of hundred dollars and fairly routine for a car of this age.<p>
 

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Re: Horror story: Clutch Failure in my 1998 V70 T5M (rothe)

I just remembered that there's a service bulletin out for the slave cylinder on your car. It's something about a fitting for the slave cylinder to correct a failure in the slave cylinder operation. I think it might even be a recall/extended warranty repair item; at the very least, the part that was described seemed to be pretty inexpensive.<p>Someone with an active subscription to All-Data could probably look it up for you, or you could visit the dealer and inquire about service bulletins for the clutch on the '98 model.<p>
 

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