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S3 clutch - how long will it last once it slips

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by AdriansS3, Jun 26, 2012.

  1. AdriansS3
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    As the title suggests guys I am having my 2008 S3 remapped soon to stg 1 and am aware the clutch us weak but just wanted to check when it starts to slip will it fail instantly or keep slipping for a period of time. Just wondered as I work away a lot and didn't want the clutch to fail whilst away from home. I am hoping to get at least 1000 miles out of clutch (car has done 22000 miles) but I know its unlikely or do you think its possible?
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    depends how you drive :)
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    yep ^^

    depends on map aggression too

    aggressive obviously not as long...

    progressive little bit longer....

    Have you budgeted for a new clutch yet?
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    Just avoid pedal to the metal :eyebrows:in high gears(4,5,6) and you should be fine!!!
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    I had mine stage 1 mapped at 20k. it lasted less than 1k. I drove it hard...very hard. the map was agressive and a bit sh1t to be honest. (chipped UK)

    but who wants to drive a mapped car like a daisy huh?? I want to use that power, dunno about you!?

    if the budgets there, do the clutch, saves worrying. ease it in for a few thousand miles.
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    Thanks guys. I am getting a revo map as there is a dealer close to me. The budget is there to do it when needed I just hoped it would last a little while. Will it slip for a while but be driveable or do they just fail instantly as I work away from home so if it started to slip I would need to get home?
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    It will get progressively worse once it starts to slip but you could nurse it for a good few 1000 and still get about before changing it.
    I have had this happen on 2 x 20TFSI cars (both REVO`d) and neither catastrophically failed so you shouldnt worry about being stranded, although AA cover is cheap enough.

    Good luck
    Paul
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    Mine did pretty well on Stg1,but gave up immediately on Stg2.
    When it does begin to slip,if you do as Paul and Pinterovski have said,you will be able to use it until you get it replaced,as it's usually the clutch's torque limits being exceeded,as opposed to the thing being worn out,but if you keep it slipping it will burn out very quickly.
    The Sachs organic is a good replacement,as is the Loba.
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    I'm going stage 2 a week on friday, (only because it's £50+vat with Revo) hope mine lasts longer than immediately because i'm going to germany in the car a week later. I don't drive it hard all the time and i never do standing starts.
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    Treat it fairly gently and it may last for a while.
    Peak torque is what kills it and that's about 3500-4000 rpm esp in high gears so if you avoid full throttle in high gears you should be able to avoid problems until you replace it.
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    That'll be alright until i get to the autobarns in germany, oh and round the nurbergring :ermm: so basically i'll be looking at a new clutch as soon as i get back:( if i'm lucky!
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    How the hell do you guys drive it above 3500-4000 in the high gears and not lose your license (other than a trip to Germany)?
    I ring my car out in second and half way through third but then I'm doing well over 100km/h which is our limit, any more than 25km/h and we lose our license.
    Mind you I live in central Melbourne so I don't drive on open roads where this is possible very often at all.
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    The answer is very rarely,and very carefully.
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