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    Hard clutch operation

    My Carrera S has 22 k miles on it. The clutch pedal is considerably harder than on other (non-Porsche) cars I have recently driven (,but it didn't get like that suddenly). My dealer tells me that it might be a sympton of a clutch going bad soon. I was really surprised as there is no indication of any clutch slipping, even in stop and go traffic. Do you think this is really going to happen? Is there a fix that could make the clutch lighter without having to remove the engine for clutch overhaul?

    Re: Hard clutch operation

    The C2S clutch is self-adjusting so AFAIK you won't realise that it is getting worn or that the biting point is changing. Interestingly the 997TT clutch is very very light.

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    Ask your dealer to try other 997's to see if they are different from yours. If it's not then you may need to reconsider.

    The clutch on the S is self-adjusting so won;t get progressively harder over time.

    Mine feels as light as a Honda Civic's but I don't know what you're comparing yours too.

    Re: Hard clutch operation

    From my Technik Introduction Manual it seems Porsche put a large amount of effort in making the S's self-adjusting clutch have the required amount of pedal pressure remain _constant_ throughout the service life of the clutch. IOW, wear adjustment is a feature of the S system.

    Unless your clutch is obviously slipping and about to self-jettison, IMO, (from reading the TI manual) it seems there's no way your situation indicates serious clutch wear.


    Re: Hard clutch operation

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    easy_rider911 said:
    Interestingly the 997TT clutch is very very light.


    It has some kind of hydraulic(?) assistance.

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    reginos said:
    Quote:
    easy_rider911 said:
    Interestingly the 997TT clutch is very very light.


    It has some kind of hydraulic(?) assistance.



    Yes, the TT clutch is hydraulically assisted (standard equipment). AFAIK, the NA cars are not.

    Re: Hard clutch operation

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    pawelmontana said:
    My Carrera S has 22 k miles on it. The clutch pedal is considerably harder than on other (non-Porsche) cars I have recently driven (,but it didn't get like that suddenly). My dealer tells me that it might be a sympton of a clutch going bad soon. I was really surprised as there is no indication of any clutch slipping, even in stop and go traffic. Do you think this is really going to happen? Is there a fix that could make the clutch lighter without having to remove the engine for clutch overhaul?



    As many are stating here the 997S' clutch is self-adjusting and its weight should not change. Your dealer is confusing it with other clutches like 996's.

    Have you been replacing the brake/clutch fluid every 2 years as recommended?

    Re: Hard clutch operation

    I have done my 20 k miles service, but I don't know if changing the brake/clutch fluid is part of the procedure. Do you think that this might make a real difference?

    Re: Hard clutch operation

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    pawelmontana said:
    I have done my 20 k miles service, but I don't know if changing the brake/clutch fluid is part of the procedure. Do you think that this might make a real difference?



    It might. In any case you need your dealer look into it. Make sure the mechanic is qualified.

    Re: Hard clutch operation

    Fluid exchange is recommonded every 2 years. However, I don't know whether it will help your situation.

    Re: Hard clutch operation

    Do like I did - wait until you get your RMS failure. Then, when everything is out, tell them to bang in a new clutch... and you get the labour on warranty.

    Re: Hard clutch operation

    Apart from the hard clutch, I had two peculiar occurances (although almost a year ago). At a track day, I was doing a spirited start from standstill. The clutch pedal got stuck to the floor for about half a second after I released my left foot. Did anybody have this happen? Does the clutch linkage require lubrication or is it purely hydraulic on the Carrera S?

    Re: Hard clutch operation

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    pawelmontana said:
    The clutch pedal got stuck to the floor for about half a second after I released my left foot.



    This is a long shot guess but you sure it didn't get caught on the floor mat? I had an extra matt in the footwell of my other car (trying to color coordinate ) and somehow it hooked the pedal.

    Re: Hard clutch operation

    Rather unlikely. I have OEM Porsche mats and they do not tend to shift around.

    Re: Hard clutch operation

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    pawelmontana said:
    Apart from the hard clutch, I had two peculiar occurances (although almost a year ago). At a track day, I was doing a spirited start from standstill. The clutch pedal got stuck to the floor for about half a second after I released my left foot. Did anybody have this happen? Does the clutch linkage require lubrication or is it purely hydraulic on the Carrera S?



    I suspect you have air bubbles in the brake/clutch fluid. Remember my asking if you had done the fluid service?

    Also... if you track the car, you must service/bleed the system more often.

     
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