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Default 07 Beetle Clutch slipping stalling after driving thru water

Looking help ideas on what to look for, my GF's 07 VW Beetle, we had a bunch of rain like most of the country, drove the car thru a puddle that went almost up to her doors, after that she claims it wants to stall/ clutch slipping in 1 and 2nd gear, car is 5 speed manual, after that it runs fine in the remaining gears, I am out of town for work and will be home later, looking for ideas on what it could be Thanks,
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Give it time to dry out first.Clutch fibers slip when water logged.

It is OK in later gears because the clutch is not having to grab so hard when the car is up to speed.
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I can understand slipping if water had some oil in it.
Never had a clutch effected by driving through water. 09 Toyota (manual 5 speed 4WD) went through 20"-22" at stream crossing near ranch a few times..and water was a bit muddy.

Don't understand the stalling relating to the clutch...or is the motor stalling/running rough?
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If a mainshaft seal is leaking oil into the clutch plate. I guess water would make things seem worse. In that case. No quick fix.
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I can understand slipping if water had some oil in it.
Never had a clutch effected by driving through water. 09 Toyota (manual 5 speed 4WD) went through 20"-22" at stream crossing near ranch a few times..and water was a bit muddy.

Don't understand the stalling relating to the clutch...or is the motor stalling/running rough?
See I don't know I am about 100 miles away and will be home later tonight, at 0 dark thirty, See thats what perplexes me too, as I asked her if its slipping or stalling she said both, I asked how it runs in the higher gears and she claims fine, I don't think the thing has a distributor, So I don't know if the thing got water somewhere, I figure the thing was mostly waterproof, I mean not to the extent of playing u-boat.
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If a mainshaft seal is leaking oil into the clutch plate. I guess water would make things seem worse. In that case. No quick fix.
it doesn't leak oil anywhere, only 60k miles, I was kinda thinking along the lines of your initial reply as it may have gotten water on the fiber plate seemed logical to me as well
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Did she disengage the clutch while driving through the deep water?
All my stream crossings were in 4LO with clutch fully engaged.
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Vw's are notorious for running bad after getting wet. At my shop we usually give dirty motors a quick blast with the power washer before delivery. We never do it to any VW because they always run like crap until they dry off. I am willing to bet it will run fine in a couple of days.
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I have to get out of the beetle air cool mine set as that is where my experience lies. I assume it is an water cooler engine so like was brought out, water in a sensor harness like the crank angle. this would cause bucking and when clutching also, can do as described. since the main seal is behind the flywheel, there will be tells of a leak and it would have to be a good one and over time to coat the clutch lining. there is one thing that comes to mind, went through the issue on a ford. the throw out assy is pure junk plastic and if sand/dirt was washed into the sliding parts, it could cause sticking and plastic is self destructive so one done, always done.
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Sorry to take so long to reply back, as I have been hardly home for work and tapatalk isn't working, But anyway when I got home I couldn't find anywhere water could get into the clutch area so, each time she drove it, the problem seemed to dimish, so its running great but she seems to think it shifts a little stiff now so, I am going to see if I can lube the shifter and if there is any sort of linkage and see what happens.
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