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Illustration for article titled Golf Update: I hate love this stupid amazing thing, now with edits!

Got my car back from,the shop this morning and... It’s not good. 1st is hard and sometimes impossible to get and you cannot get reverse without grinding. I took a video of clutch half-assing its job. Things have not gone well. It sort of drives at least?

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https://drive.google.com/a/udayton.edu/file/d/1LQVXyq-JycF8keBjAD12vXKvZfRthB4R/view?usp=drivesdk

EDIT: I fixed the video link, I had it set to the wrong link share setting

Another edit: poking around on forums and my Bentley manual suggests a few things that should be done. First, I should check that the clutch over-center spring didn’t slip out and is properly functioning. Next, I should check that the automatically-adjusting clutch cable mechanism is properly functioning. This gives a few outcomes.

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Outcome 1: over-center spring is not functional- either repair or replace it. This not functioning properly means I need to readjust the cable. If the spring is not functioning, that means the cable is not adjusting itself properly either.

Outcome 2: spring is functional, cable auto-adjust is not- replace the cable with a functional one, probably with a manual adjust one for moar reliable.

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Outcome 3: both are functional. In this case, I will say fuck it and burn the car down for the insurance money. All $500 of it.

Another edit! (5:30 pm ish) I dug into it around 4:30. First thing I did was take a look at the cable with fresh (actually awake) eyes, and I noticed that the assembly was put back together incorrectly! The cable was supposed to be held on one end by the bracket, which should be separated by a rubber spacer from the “arm” that swings up and down. Instead, the rubber spacer was ABOVE the arm. So, I popped the bracket off (way more easy than it should have been), re-compressed the auto-adjust mechanism, and grabbed a friend who was walking by to pop the plastic bit that holds the auto-adjuster in place. Then, we put the whole thing back together. I gotta say, this was amazingly easy.

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I’ve also come to the realization that the clutch cable was never properly installed. Not in the time I’ve had the car. I never had full use of the clutch- I no longer pop out of 2 if I don’t double clutch. I’m blown away. It’s a whole new driving experience. Thank god for good friends.

So, here’s the list of actual issues the car has now, from most important/annoying to least:

1. Rusty as all hell exhaust that’s patched in like five places. I need to replace this whole thing, it’s getting absurd.

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2. Distributor (hall sensor is still bad)

3. Timing belt/water pump (the belt is less than 2 years/10k miles old, but the pump was never replaced when the belt was. However, I don’t leak any fluids, so this is not pressing)

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4. Still get blow by and the air intake hose is oily. I should add a catch can.

5. There’s some issue with PCV. I have no idea what it is and haven’t read anything of it lately.

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And that’s about it. There’s still rust, but it’s not bad, and a few other odds and ends I don’t really care about enough to fix, plus a broken aesthetic fog lamp lens. I need to just get new functional lights.

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