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New clutch fitting problem

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by Nathanh393, Apr 16, 2011.

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    I got an ESC stage 1 clutch and light weight flywheel for my 1999 A3 1.8T

    Got the gearbox out and new clutch fitted no problem. I now have the gear box about 10-15mm from where it should be and it will not slide towards the engine. It's square and I can get long bolts through all the holes. Don't want to tighten them incase I crush something. But it just will not slide back on like it came off.

    I even resorted to the Haynes manual and seem to have done everything in there.

    Has anybody got any ideas.

    Thanks in advance.
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    19mm spanner on the bottom pully and turn it to turn the engine ever so slighty so the output shaft lines up in to the box?
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    what did you use to align the clutch?
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    Used an alignment tool that came with the clutch kit.

    I tried putting it in gear and turning the drive shaft slightly. Would that achieve the same as turning the engine?
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    That way would only work if one wheel is on the ground and not able to rotate. If they are both up and free to spin, then you turn one and the other will turn the other way and not turn the engine over. If as you say it's 10cm out then the splines and grooves aren't lined up.
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    I'll turn the bottom pulley in the morning and see what happens.

    Thanks.
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    buy the way before you bolted the clucth plate onto the flywheel did you try to slide the clucth plate on the gearbox shaft to see if it goes on?
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    Took it all apart, re-did the alignment, hung the gear box from an engine hoist, turned the bottom pulley and it slid straight back on.

    Thanks to everyone for the advice.
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