staticattic

I am not sure if my clutch is dying or maybe I need to look at something else. It is sort of hard to describe what my car is doing through all of the gear changes, but the top end is easy to describe. When I get up to highway speed, around 70, if I punch it, the car feels and sounds like it is in neutral, like I am just sitting in my driveway revving the engine. If I ease off the gas, it will "grab" again around 70ish. Nothing grinds or makes any noise, it is just like I am losing forward torque. What could be going wrong?  

Jeff
72 Super Beetle
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bumblebee73

it sounds like your clutch is slipping, how does the clutck pedal feel, do you have the free play movement at the top(i think it should be 1/8th or 1/4 inch)

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NoH2O
Sounds as if the cluth is on it's way out. At first you usually only feel it in the higher RPM's. It wil progressively get worse though. Check out that pressure plate while your in there too.

Steve
'63 Ragtop
'56 Ragtop
'78 Riviera camper


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staticattic

Perfect. It looks like either way I need to pull my motor to see what is going on back there. My favorite way to spend a weekend...

Jeff
72 Super Beetle
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fatalifeaten
You might have a wet disc too (IE rear main's leaking and oiling the flywheel down.) Free play on a super's only 1/8 to 1/4 inch? It's 1" on my '66, so can the lower numbers be right?
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bumblebee73

like i said i think(i would not be suprised if i was wrong

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staticattic

My whole engine, including the clutch assembly, is less than a year old. After checking the Bentley book and reading these responses, I have a good starting point to look. I do have a constant bubble of oil right in the seam of the two case halves in the front of the engine. It never drips, it just stays there. If I wipe it off, a little while later, it will be back. Since it was just a bubble that never really dripped, I never really paid it much mind. I guess my main rear seal is leaking a bit and I am assuming after all of this time, my clutch disc is finally saturated and is slipping around. I am hoping a new disc, new rear main seal, and a couple shots of degreaser on the flywheel will fix my problem. The only bad part, no matter what it is, all roads lead to me pulling the engine. I am also going to have to once again wrestle with that gland nut.  Thanks for the replies.

Jeff
72 Super Beetle
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staticattic

silly me. i forgot to update this. it turned out the problem was the spring on the clutch lever on the side of the transmission was broken. i replaced that and the world is right again.

Jeff
72 Super Beetle
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