How to Change a VW Clutch Cable

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How to Change a VW Clutch Cable
The clutch cable in a Volkswagen vehicle connects the clutch cable to the clutch master cylinder. (David De Lossy/Photodisc/Getty Images)

The clutch cable in a Volkswagen vehicle connects the clutch pedal to the clutch master cylinder, which converts the pressure you place on the clutch pedal into hydraulic pressure. The hydraulic pressure is then used to shift gears in the transmission. If the clutch cable is compromised, you will be unable to shift gears due to decreased hydraulic pressure.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Adjustable wrench
  • Pliers

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Set the front driver's seat back as far as it will go. Access the foot pedals on the floorboard, and remove the cottar pin that joins the clutch cable to the clutch pedal using a pair of pliers. Pull the clutch cable from the clutch pedal.

  2. 2

    Open the bonnet and locate the bell housing on the driver's side near the bottom of the engine. You will recognise this cylinder by the big bell-shaped face on the end, which faces the firewall.

  3. 3

    Unfasten the clutch cable mount from the bell housing using an adjustable wrench. Pull then cable from the bell housing and the firewall using pliers.

  4. 4

    Pull the cable mount from the old cable, and insert the new cable into the cable mount.

  5. 5

    Bolt the cable mount back onto the bell housing using a ratchet and socket. Feed the other end of the cable through the firewall.

  6. 6

    Climb back into the cab and connect the clutch cable to the clutch pedal by inserting the cottar pin and fastening it with pliers.

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