Author Topic: Did I install something wrong or is my trans dickered?  (Read 618 times)

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g60syncro

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PL 16v, 9a trans

Yup. So while the car was running I tried to engage the clutch but all I got was some grinding noise. Pressed in clutch grinding, I can shift gears but non of them engage. Shifts smooth.

I donít have any history on the trans except that I was told it had 130k kms, but the guy who parted it never owned the car. Looked like it had been out before, because someone rattle canned it silver. The flywheel and pressure plate were existing and I changed the clutch disc.

Did I install the clutch disc backwards (can you even???). Or is the trans just toast. One way or another itís got to come out again.

Iíd push the car off the edge of a cliff but Iíd have to tow it there....
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mtnman

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Re: Did I install something wrong or is my trans dickered?
« Reply #1 on: Dec 08, 19, 20:05 »
I believe the 020 9a is a small input shaft trans If you used a large spline clutch disc you can hope itís just the disc spline thatís buggered and a new proper size disc will fix it.

jesse

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Re: Did I install something wrong or is my trans dickered?
« Reply #2 on: Dec 09, 19, 19:50 »
You can install the clutch disc backwards and if you did it would only allow a small amount of movement but not enough to fully disengage. What happens if you put the car in gear, press clutch pedal and try to start it? If it lurches forward I'd say the clutch is backwards or the pressure plate has an issue
But yeah you're gonna have to drop that trans again

g60syncro

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Re: Did I install something wrong or is my trans dickered?
« Reply #3 on: Dec 10, 19, 09:30 »
I believe it's how mtnman suggested. I can shift freely without the clutch, it's only when I depress it that I get the grinding noise and when I let off the clutch the noise goes away. it would make sense that if it would be the opposite the clutch disc would be engaged the whole time. Before putting the trans in I could spin the input shaft through all the gears and have the drive flanges turn with no issues.

I had purchased the clutch disc new off of someone on CL with him advertising it as for a 16v 020, and that he was using a "higher performance" clutch disc that he had purchased separately from his flywheel and pressure plate. I guess what he likely did was purchase a kit for a Passat or Corrado, and either got one with the correct input spline or used his original disc.

I hadn't really put all that much thought into it at the time of posting, and was really frustrated.

Thanks for guys' input. It may not be as bad as I thought, and should hopefully just be a day's work.

or maybe I'll just torch it.... hahaha
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g60syncro

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Re: Did I install something wrong or is my trans dickered?
« Reply #4 on: Dec 11, 19, 11:38 »
Installed right but for the wrong transmission.... Looks like the damage is to the disc splines and not the input shaft. Dodged a bullet there.

New Sachs disc was only 100$, so not monetarily expensive.
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jettag60

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Re: Did I install something wrong or is my trans dickered?
« Reply #5 on: Dec 12, 19, 12:40 »
i'm about to do a clutch/flywheel install for the first time

any tips?

how do i confirm which was is the in vs out for the clutch disc?

also does anyone have an 02a alignment tool i can borrow?