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Clutch slip already (not even done 30k!!!)

Discussion in 'Audi S4/A4/A4 Cab (B7 Chassis)' started by andyherd, Dec 16, 2010.

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    Bad news is my clutch is slipping, car hasn't even done 30k!!! Luckily it's covered by my warranty as I've had the motor less than 3 weeks, got it booked in next week. Anyone else had this issue? I'm guessing the previous owner maybe drove it hard.
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    are you sure it's the clutch and not the DMF?
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    ...I/ve had 2 clutches/DMF fitted under warranty in 2 different cars...a 'mechanic' at the dealership said the dual mass flywheel was a common problem (have you not had the horrible smell from the clutch as well yet? Never had a problem with clutches before in 27 years of driving cars/motorbikes and HGV'S)
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    With only that many miles, maybe it's done a lot of town driving and as such, a lot of gear changes. You can't really judge things like that on mileage. It doesn't necessarily mean it's been driven hard either, maybe the previous owner had a bad driving style, eg holding it on the clutch on hills.
    At least it's still in warranty, I hope they cover it. Good luck.
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    Yeah - mine went on my 2.0t quattro after just 32,500 (4 years old).

    Surprised they'll cover it under warranty - mine was bought 2nd hand from an Audi dealer 2 months prior and they said 'wear & tear' - so not covered!

    Eventually got them to pay out - but it was a struggle.

    See if they'll replace the Dual Mass Flywheel whilst they're at it (it might have some high spots on it).

    If you can get under warranty, it'll save you £1,350 - the amount that the dealer tried to charge me!
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    How can I tell if it's the clutch or the flywheel? As yet I have no clutch smell. Doesn't the flywheel have to be changed when the clutch is done as a matter of course?
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    Its common practice to replace a DMF when the clutch is replaced, and the only way I can tell to see if one is broken is to remove it, give it a turn and see what noise it makes, if it sounds like a bag of spanners it's knackered lol.
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    Aye the guy did mention the gearbox was going to be dropped out so I'd guess the clutch and flywheel will probably be replaced anyway
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