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vagabond
11-30-2007, 12:07 AM
Riddle me this: Bring my E39 530 in to dealer (name w/held for now) to get brake fluid and clutch flushed 'n filled.

I get the car back, and the brakes feel exactly as they did when I brought it in (as expected), but my clutch goes almost all the way to the floor before getting any tension and disengaging the clutch (very unexpected). I thought I was in someone else's car, it felt so different!

I'm told to drive it for a day or two and see if anything changes. What could change? What might I break? It's engaging fine, and I can get in and out of gear alright, but what could make this happen? Air drawn in while bleeding? Something wrong w/CDV (dumbest invention ever) after flushing?

I've driven plenty of bimmers besides mine, and I've never felt a clutch that's fully engaged just inches from the floorboard (other than my '66 GTO with horrific mechanical adjustment rods). If this was the way it was supposed to be, why would Bav Auto sell those things you put behind the pedal to shorten the travel (which this car doesn't have)?

Thanks!

JC5
12-01-2007, 01:35 PM
Pretty much sounds like they botched the clutch service.

Ahmed303
12-01-2007, 07:35 PM
Maybe you need to replace the the Clutch lines. There Stainless Steel Braided hoses available that will give you a better feel.

mcoupemindy
12-01-2007, 10:48 PM
Riddle me this: Bring my E39 530 in to dealer (name w/held for now) to get brake fluid and clutch flushed 'n filled.

I get the car back, and the brakes feel exactly as they did when I brought it in (as expected), but my clutch goes almost all the way to the floor before getting any tension and disengaging the clutch (very unexpected). I thought I was in someone else's car, it felt so different!

I'm told to drive it for a day or two and see if anything changes. What could change? What might I break? It's engaging fine, and I can get in and out of gear alright, but what could make this happen? Air drawn in while bleeding? Something wrong w/CDV (dumbest invention ever) after flushing?

I've driven plenty of bimmers besides mine, and I've never felt a clutch that's fully engaged just inches from the floorboard (other than my '66 GTO with horrific mechanical adjustment rods). If this was the way it was supposed to be, why would Bav Auto sell those things you put behind the pedal to shorten the travel (which this car doesn't have)?

Thanks!

Sounds like air in the clutch line. I'm no professional mechanic, but I would go there first.

Don't take the B.S. they are feeding you. Make them fix the problem ASAP. If you are driving with a clutch with air in it, you may be shifting with the clutch still under load (really bad).

Just my .02