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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I've noticed a strange mechanical clunk sometimes, when shifting into gear from neutral. Say for instance, at a stoplight, engine idling and transmission in neutral... light turns green, and put car into 1st gear... there's a soft mechanical clunk , accompanied by an almost imperceptible forward nudge on the car. It almost feels like the car moves forward half an inch, literally pushed by the movement of the gear lever into 1st gear.

I've also tried shifting into 2nd gear from neutral, and experience the same thing. It doesn't happen all the time, but maybe about 40%. The car runs great otherwise, and the clutch was changed recently. I've never experienced any clutch slippage either.

This certainly doesn't seem normal to me! should I be worried?
 
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Hesperus,

Yippee you have just described exactly my problem.... in a previous thread i took my car to my local dealer complaining of this and they said nah its your clutch going.. i said no way after 4000 miles and a recently rebuilt box i dont believe it.... anyway popped over to top top specialist man (you know who you are!) and he said no way is that clutch... thats your rear diff !!!

Back to Ralliart dealer pointed out to them the actual noise and umm nah thats not clutch sir that sounds like rear diff to me... transpires that what appears to be happening is there is excessive play between the propshaft and the rear diff so when you take up the clutch it clunks... maybe wear may be something else but mine has only done 19,000 miles so thats real quick wear !!!

However, they could not understand why the clunk occurs when you try to go to first and why its intermittent....

It is possible to replicate the clunk by going into reverse or third whilst standing still and bringing the clutch up... get the same clunk...

Anyway i have somebody from Ralliart coming to look at the car and diff problem at the end of Oct so hopefully will have more answers then...

Not much help but i think others are also sharing this clunk...

Jevo
 
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Re:transmission

I have the same thing on my car, but it only happens occasionally, tried to make it happen, ie put hand brake on or held it on foot brake when put in neutral but nothing sets it off. will try it again tonight.
Cars a 1800 RS 1992 with 70,000 miles.
 
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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Re:transmission

This happens to my car (EVO6) occasionally, I'm still on standard clutch at 28000 miles, loads of track days but never any fast standing starts, the clutch only wears when its slipping!. A few times I've depressed the clutch and gone to put it into 1st gear and all its done is grind and crunch! If you depress the clutch pedal a few times it then goes in no problem. Don't worry about it!
 
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Re:transmission

Yeah, firkin' Evo's are full of contradictions... For cars that are allegedly built to take the rigours of a rally stage, they are at the same time so bloody delicate! Either that or just shoddy build quality!

I'm trying to convince myself that these strange and worrisome snaps, crunches, pops and clunks are part of living with the cars. The clunking in question has never showed signs of getting worse.

For a while, I was afraid I had something wrong with my diffs-- not just because of the clunking, but because the car behaves strangely at speed, and is all too happy to snap into oversteer. A local well-known circuit racer who recently drove the car on the track said it felt uneasy and didn't inspire confidence-- unlike other Evo's he's driven. However, I had the suspension geometry checked and re-set recently, and all seems better now.

So I think I'll take Clive's advice to heart and live with the clunking! Don't worry... be happy (and go TT/Boxster hunting!) |EQU|)

Thanks and cheers, mates!
 
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Re:transmission

I just got the same cluncking sound a few times today after using my Evo 5 RS for the first time in
10 days. Feels like the clutch does not completely disengage. Still on my first clutch with 52000 km
and no slip. For the rest the symtoms are exactly as described in the first mail in this thread (once
in a while, not repeatable, etc.). Is anything more known about this issue by now? Or is it indeed the
clutch that is waering thin?

-- Fons
 
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