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Old 09-18-2005, 09:40 AM
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I purchased a VW gti for my nephew, but before I could schedule a standard trans driving lesson with him he took it out and I hope just fried the clutch. The car now doesnt move in any gear and I cant hear the clutch engaging when letting out the clutch. Is there anyway to check the trans without pulling it out. Im afraid he may have broken the input shaft has anyone fried a clutch to the point where it doesnt move the car at all?

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you can try lifting the front end of the car up and spinning the front tires. it's most likely an open differential, so spinning one in one direction will make the other spin opposite. if the tranny is in gear and you spin both tires in the same direction, you should hear & feel the gears a little bit. it sounds like the clutch is just gone, but usually there's enough to at least turn the tires a bit, maybe not moving the car at all. as always, use properly placed jackstands if you're going to start the car with the tires off the ground.
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Great Idea, I hope your right about the clutch. I bought the car for a little of nothing $450 it has AC and great on gas so I think I will give my nephew his money back and keep it for myself.
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My friend's 86' Honda Accord doesn't move anymore. hat clutch was finally dead after 200,000 miles. I can't see how an input shaft can be broken unless you're dealing with 1000 horsepower. But ya the clutch is totally done.
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Well I jacked the car up today and spun both wheels and the opposite wheel did not move. I think there may be more to it than the clutch. There is no kind of response when engaging the clutch and I can go through all the gears without any response or noise with clutch out, its like the car is in neutral. Any other suggestions?
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Most likely the clutch is blown, I have seen several that wont move the car at all. I really dont think you would have broken the input shaft to the tranny, I cant ever remember seing one break although I guess it is possible. I have ssen teh from bearing go but it makes a racket. If you can get it up in the air and pull the inspection cover you should be able to see what is spinning and what isnt. Changing the tranny or cluth is just about the same job labor wise anyway. Yank it out and see what the deal is. If the tranny broke it would most likely be making some sore of noise.


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Great Advice Thanks I will pull the tranny in two weeks and see whats going on.
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