For both of you who watched with interest the saga of my replacement clutch slave cylinder here's a recap.
Old one leaking and using too much fluid,
bought a new one from Jamie Porter,
Stripped the car to get at the old one (under battery tray)
Old one won't budge (plusgas and WD40 for a couple of days)
Still won't budge, called an 'expert'.
Expert hits it with hammer, smashes old cylinder to bits and,
Cracks bracket so it breaks the 'hole' for the cylinder.
Bodge new cylinder to bracket with grit and determination.
Works fine, but EVERY journey an adventure as to when it will fail and leave me with no clutch!!
Find a guy breaking a V6, sends me a new bracket, bolts and circlip (thanks Dean).
Fitted new bracket this morning, new cylinder in there too, all working fine now.
Feel much happier when setting off, job well done!!
Bodged Old Bracket
New And Old
Nice New Cylinder In New Bracket
As you can see from the first picture, the cylinder has started to corrode where it touched the mounting bracket. This is why they're such a pain to release, the lip at the front and rear corrode and 'weld' themselves to the bracket, hence the 'expert' whacking it with a hammer!! Hopefully a liberal application of copper grease will help prevent this and make future replacement less traumatic.