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Drifter 5/20/2010
1986 BMW 325es Base 6Cyl2.7L - Transmissions & Drivetrains
BMW e30 325 '86 Clutch Master or Slave Cylinder is NOT listed as a potential problem... see link...
BMW e30 325 '86 Clutch Master or Slave Cylinder is NOT listed as a potential problem... see link...
http://www.automd.com/diagnose/problems

I know that it is one of these clutch cylinders, or low/leaking fluid that I cannot see (fluid above minimum - I added to max.), as the pedal has sometimes responded to 'pumping' to get enough pedal travel to disengage...
Many times it has worked fine, even after a 'low pedal' episode when no fluid was needed or added...
Now... LOW Pedal that does NOT fully disengage clutch, and I have to 'force' neutral before a stop light and turn off engine so I can get into first (or second, or any), and START In Gear when the traffic light turns Green... otherwise it won't engage (without grinding/stalling, which I avoid)...

How do I know if it is Slave, or Master, Clutch Cylinder without replacing BOTH?!?
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  • Drifter
    Drifter 5/20/2010
    No leaks visible around Master Clutch Cylinder, which is easily viewed under dash...
    Local e30 expert claims Slave is the weak link in the clutch system, and typically the problem...
    Napa didn't match AutoZone or AdvanceAutoParts at $36, but sold me the $53 slave that they nomally discount at $48, for $40... Close enough for today! 8am I start the Replace/Bleed task...
    And Brake Pads, while the car is in the air...
    It is for sale, if anyone is interested... Or TRADE...
    I need a Van or a Pickup, for work...

    1986 e30 BMW 325 esx... 123,456miles (in 987miles), Pearl White with peeling clear coat,
    BBS Body Kit: Fender Flares, Air Dam, Side Skirts, Rear Valence, Trunk Lip...
    BBS Gold Mesh 15" wheels, 14" BottleCaps for winter, extras...
    Lowered 2+", looks 'serious'...
    Extra: Radiator, starter, alternator, heater or AC coil, other stuff...
    NO: Fogs, Stereo, Speakers...

    Brett 860-667-1111
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