How to Adjust the Clutch on a 1996 VW Jetta


Driving a VW Jetta with a manual transmission can be fun, and it gives you more control over the car. You can use the clutch to decelerate, lower the torque to the wheels, accelerate at higher rpm and even kill the engine. The whole system hinges on a clutch, which you use to change gears in the transmission and keep them from grinding each other during the speeding up and slowing down process of driving. If the clutch begins to feel less responsive or has too much slack, you may need to adjust it.

Things You'll Need

  • Basic tool set
  • Helper
  • Locate the clutch adjustment mechanism in the engine bay of the car.

  • Slide the locking strap down to the top of the mechanism's protective covering.

  • Compress the adjustment mechanism and hook the straps over the lugs protruding from the side.

  • Press the clutch pedal while someone else pulls the clutch cable, taking care to keep the adjustment mechanism compressed.

  • Unhook the locking mechanism straps and depress the clutch pedal several times until the tension is good.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the clutch cable or any other clutch components are worn, they will need to be replaced before the clutch tension can be corrected.


  • "Haynes VW Golf and Jetta Automotive Repair Manual"; George Parise, Mark Coombs, Spencer Drayton, John H. Haynes; 1997
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