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Hmmm Clutch Fluid and Reverse

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Car service is imminent and I was thinking of having them change the Clutch Fluid as reverse always seems to go in with a crunch. Is this a common thing and would a fluid change help? Is there a recommended period between clutch fluid changes?

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It's not normal and changing the fluid is difficult if you don't do the brakes at the same time.

This isnt the fluids fault but bleeding the clutch may help, if that doesn't then it's a clutch change.
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Originally Posted by Cluffstarr View Post
...Is there a recommended period between clutch fluid changes?
It is shared with the brake fluid, so scheduled change every 2-years/48000miles.
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It's not strictly true that the fluid is shared with the brakes. There is a shared reservoir but it has a seperate chamber for the clutch fluid. (This is true of all makes where a single reservoir is used). Therefore if you wished to bleed the fluid right through you could do without affecting the brakes. I don't think it's worth the bother personally, it's unlikely to make any difference. The crunch is caused by the clutch plate still turning when you are selecting reverse. Try holding the clutch down and count to 5 before putting it in reverse. It works sometimes. If it does'nt then you'd have to change the clutch. Does'nt always stop it though!
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The manual I have (156 2.4 20v JTD) actually says that - quoting from memory, "clutch should be kept depressed for five seconds before engaging reverse, to ensure *something* in the gearbox has fully disengaged". I don't remember what that "something" is, but I'm positive about the five second wait.
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