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Old 02-04-2018, 12:56 PM
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No luck fishing it out with the magnet yet. However, while I was in there, I noticed I can wobble the clutch fork a lot more than I expected. Is that normal? Using my finger I can push it up and down, side to side, back and forth with no resistance.
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iirc, if it is the piston you are fishing for...think it is stainless steel. magnet ain't gonna do much good.

yes, fork does have a little play in it. it is just around the throwout bearing in the middle and only held by a small spring clip on the side opposite the slave.
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iirc, if it is the piston you are fishing for...think it is stainless steel. magnet ain't gonna do much good.

yes, fork does have a little play in it. it is just around the throwout bearing in the middle and only held by a small spring clip on the side opposite the slave.
The replacement piston stuck to the magnet, so I had assumed that the old part was that way too. Found some pictures on the internet and have a better picture of whats in there. Good to know that some play in the fork is expected, but still need to get that piston out. Might just turn into a clutch job WYIT.
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Lane, if you look through the thread below there is a picture of the inside of the bellhousing, the clutch fork and the pin.

https://dorkiphus.net/porsche/showthread.php?t=37205

When I first got my 97 e36 I could not push the clutch all the way down. when I did I get some very horrible grinding feeling. Not fully understanding the potential issues I figured it was just the clutch itself. When I removed the trans, I found the little plastic fork pin (picture in the thread) was broken and the fork was no longer connected on the passenger side of the bellhousing. so I am not sure what was really happening when I pushed the clutch pedal in.

So there is some movement, but I don't think it should move real free unless the fork pin is broken (apparently a common problem--they now sell a brass pin). If you are able to move that around freely, I would venture your pin is broken and the passenger side of the clutch fork is not connected to the housing.

when I did mine I swapped out the shifter bushings also...the car shifts like it was new.
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if the plastic pin is broken, you would probably be able to spin the clutch fork around since it would not be anchored on that side.

i hope it does not turn into a clutch job! if it seems like it might be going that way, you could just get as far as loosening the bellhousing bolts enough to slide the trans back a half inch..enough to get the pin out.

maybe call around to some autopart stores to see if any have a loaner borescope tool that will let you look around in there.
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I think tito nailed it, I think the clutch fork pin is busted or its otherwise become disconnected on that end. I could stick my finger in the cup on the clutch fork and pull it directly towards the side of the bell housing away from the fork pin. I have a video where you can hear me clanging it all over the place.
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It is likely broken. If it were me I would get the car home and prep for a tranny pull. If you decide to do the clutch, and don't want to buy a new dual mass friction flywheel, I was able to have mine resurfaced for about 120 bucks.
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