1968 – 1979 VW 1600 Transporter Clutch Release Mechanism

Clutch operation can be adversely affected if the release thrust ring and retaining springs are worn or damaged. Squeals, juddering, slipping, or snatching could be caused partly or even wholly by this mechanism being worn.

Full examination is possible only when the engine has been removed and normally it is carried out when the clutch is in need of repair. The mechanism is contained in and attached to the transmission casing. Check first that the operating lever return spring mounted on the exterior of the shaft on the left hand side is not broken. If it is it can be renewed without removing the engine; once the lever has been disconnected from the cable and taken off the cross shaft. However, the damage which failure of this spring may have caused has probably occurred already. If you are going to examine the clutch anyway it will be easier to renew the spring after the engine is removed.

1968 – 1979 VW 1600 Transporter Clutch Release Mechanism Components

1968 - 1979 VW 1600 Transporter Clutch Release Mechanism Components

1. Clutch housing
2. Bush – starter pinion
3. Bush – operating shaft
4. Oil return sleeve
5. Oil seal – drive shaft
6. Clutch operating shaft
7. Release bearing
8. Retaining spring
9. Circlip
10. Washer
11. Rubber seal
12. Bush
13. Sleeve
14. Lock screw
15. Spring washer
16. Spring locating collar
17. Return spring
18. Clutch lever
19. Drain plug

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