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Autodata Technical issue 41 – Cracking noise from clutch pedal on 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan

Autodata Technical issue 41 – Cracking noise from clutch pedal on 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan

28 May 2021

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Q. We are experiencing a problem with a 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan. The customer is complaining of a cracking noise when the clutch pedal is depressed or released. We can hear the cracking noise when operating the clutch pedal but cannot find the source of the fault. Have you heard of this cracking noise problem before?

A. We are aware of a cracking noise when operating the clutch pedal on Volkswagen Tiguans. It is due to movement between the clutch master cylinder pushrod retaining clip and the clutch pedal.

Remove the clutch master cylinder pushrod retaining clip from the clutch pedal and discard. A clutch master cylinder pushrod retaining clip and felt strips are available from Volkswagen parts department and are required to rectify this fault. Cut two felt strips to 16 mm in length. Make an incision approximately half the length of each felt strip. Apply the felt strip to both sides of the new clutch master cylinder pushrod retaining clip as shown (Fig.1).

Fit the clutch master cylinder pushrod retaining clip to the clutch pedal. Operate the clutch pedal to ensure the cracking noise has been rectified.

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