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Clutch- needs replacement or adjustment?

Took the 914 out for it's first drive in 10 years last night. The engine runs great, very strong. The clutch does not feel right, however. It grinds when I put it into 1st or reverse. It goes into the other gears ok, it also goes into 1st a little better if the car is rolling. I did a search and found this to be common and usually related to the cluch pedal adjustment or the cable. But when I am driving I can punch the gas and the engine speed will soar but the car does not show an increase in speed to match the engine speed. It feels like the clutch is slipping or not engaging fully. What does it sound like- a simple adjustment or replacement?
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Reverse is non-synchro, you shouldn't be moving when you put the car into reverse and you should give the transmission a couple seconds to spin down between when you disengage the clutch and when you engage reverse.

The first gear synchro (unless you have completely rebuilt the tranny) is typically worn in these cars too, and it's not uncommon for first gear to grind a little unless you're really careful.

That said, it woulds as though you need a new clutch. If the clutch is engaged and the engine can rev without the car increasing speed accordingly, then the clutch is slipping and you need a new one.

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Thanks Aaron. Perhaps I worded my post poorly. I wasn't putting it in reverse while rolling, just 1st right before the car would come to a stop. So a new clutch, eh? That's not what I was hoping for.
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Thanks Aaron. Perhaps I worded my post poorly. I wasn't putting it in reverse while rolling, just 1st right before the car would come to a stop. So a new clutch, eh? That's not what I was hoping for.
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I didn't figure you'd be putting it into reverse while rolling, but I thought I'd cover all the bases.

As for that clutch, be glad it's in the 'teener. The rubber center of my 924S's clutch is all but gone and I have to limp the car 250 miles from Pittsburgh to Ohio.

The 'teener has a much cheaper clutch package too.

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I know how you feel. My 944 had a shattered rubber disc. Those are very expensive jobs.
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an option on a 914 is to drop the trans w/o dropping the engine too. not too bad. helps to have a motorcycle lift.... $99 at sears among other places
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Which is the quickest and easiest? Dropping the engine and trans together or dropping just the trans?
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Depends, If you have dropped the engine before, and know where everything goes, what plugs in where, and have a good method of removing it, I would say drop the whole thing out. It would give you some time to replace seals, clean the motor, and do all of that other random stuff you want to do after a car has been sitting for some time. If you have not dropped the motor, and want to keep the car on the road in the summer (and trust me I totally understand!) then I would say just drop the tranny out.
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Hmmm... another dilema. I've pulled engines before (newer engines with more crap) but not from a 914. The only seals I anticipate replacing are the main and the tranny because I think I've got oil on the clutch disc.
I've found a couple Sachs clutch kits through Excellence for $240, & $250. I don't plan on power ugrades so is this a reasonable price for the kit?
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