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    Growl on acceleration & clutch issues

    Hi all,

    My 2008 Golf mk5 estate (2.0 TDI, 115K on the clock) has a few issues and I'm trying to understand if they are all connected, or whether I potentially have 3 expensive problems on my hands. Issues as follows:

    1. I've suspected for a long time that my Dual Mass Flywheel is on its way out (juddering & slight whirring sound at idle, and can feel the revs through the clutch pedal). This always went away when in gear or with the clutch depressed and I (perhaps foolishly) have just continued to drive it like this (trying to avoid the expense of a replacement).

    2. In the last week, I've noticed an intermittent fairly loud 'growl' noise from the engine/trans in the 2,000-3,000RPM range, this only happens when under higher load (e.g. hard accelerating or going up a hill), and it goes away at higher revs.

    3. Yesterday, the clutch pedal lost about half of its travel, but returned after pumping the pedal with my foot, which I guess indicates air in the system. The clutch still works fine (no slippage).

    Could all of these problems be attributed to a DMF? (garage have quoted 1000 just for that!). My fear is that if I get that done, it might not solve items 2 & 3 on my list and I'll end up with even more expense in sorting these!

    Thanks in advance guys
    2008 Golf Estate 1.9 TDI-PD

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    It could be Dual Mass Flywheel there are plenty of video's on YouTube if you can search.
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    The dropping pedal commonly indicates the concentric release bearing is failing due to a lack of fluid changing and this is inside the gearbox. Typically you should pay around 1K for a full four piece clutch kit from Sachs or LUK, fitted and done.
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    Thanks both. Crasher, you mentioned a failure inside the gearbox... Do you mean that this would be additional work beyond replacing the DMF? I've had a quote for a new clutch/flywheel/release bearing from a local garage that sounds quite reasonable (680) but I'm not sure if you're saying I might have an additional problem inside my gearbox that could add further cost?

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