Hey guys -
I've got a 2002 325CI manual transmission...love the thing like it's my child...
I'll start by describing my issue: just about every time I press down my clutch pedal there is a "click" that is felt and heard, and then as I begin to let out the clutch pedal the click is heard and felt again at around the same location. It happens when it is about 3/4 through it's full pedal stroke, and then on the way back it happens at the same time, this is only one click each time. Now it's not the "click" sound that occurs when the clutch pedal is engaged enough to start the car, it's not that same sound. It's more of a muffled sound/feeling, almost like a spring is getting snagged on something and then being released. This problem happens when I'm shifting from neutral to first gear.
Here's my biggest concern, this isn't only a sound that occurs...it feels like something is getting hung up between my clutch pedal and the throwout bearing, because after I depress the clutch, then go to let it out again, at the time of the "click" sound and feeling the clutch engagement is not at a constant rate. What I mean by that is there is a sudden engagement of the clutch, which causes chatter or jerky shifting into first, almost as if something is getting caught up.
Now I'm aware that there are multiple threads on this, but I haven't read anyone that has had the problem that ended up finding the solution, so I figured I would attempt to bring it back to life in hopes that someone has found a solution to this problem.
Here's my clutch history: I got the car 3 years ago, the "click" happened ever since I got the car. Sometimes it goes away in certain temperature/humidity conditions (or so it appears). I had the clutch replaced about 2 years ago, new throwout bearing, new throwout fork, new pivot pins, new spring, new friction plate / pressure plate, and new gear shifter linkages and bushings. Since the problem occurred before the clutch job, and now it still exists, I'm led to believe it's the slave cylinder, the master cylinder, or some of the clutch pedal bushings. Last week I had the slave cylinder replaced....didn't fix the problem.
I'm now running out of options...the master cylinder (which is about $140), or the clutch pedal bushings.
Does anyone have any experience with this issue or some educated insight on how I should go about fixing it? Not only is it annoying, but it's also causing excess wear on my friction disc and pressure plate since it causes my clutch to engage inconsistently and abnormally (clutch engagement doesn't match the smooth consistent rate of travel of my clutch pedal).
Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!