Following advice is for clutch/brake fluid issue, not diesel leak
I didn't see your post before replying myself... The clutch before the problems was indeed very heavy, so ties in with what your suggesting.
Any idea how much a clutch replacement and slave cilinder would be to get fixed at a trusted alfa garage??
£495 inc VAT for the clutch, plus the price of a slave cylinder which would be £30-£50?
Originally Posted by HeraldandCapri
Just seen your post- What colour is the fluid covering the engine? Presuming the engine bay is the same as the 147 & 156, the reservoir for the hyd. fluid is on the passenger side on the bulkhead, next to the power steering reservoir. Its a shared reservoir for the brakes and the clutch. The master cylinder is inside the footwell behind the pedal, the slave cylinder iside the gearbox bellhousing I'm afraid- gearbox off to change it :-(
Slave cylinder is on top of the gearbox on the JTD, its just the 156/147/GT Twinspark & 2.0 JTS that have the slave inside the bell housing..
unsure on colour of fluid as its dark outside, but smells like brake fluid - makes sence if its a shared resevroir(I didn't know it was!). But I checked the break fluid which seems full! Makes me wonder whats causing the problem then...
the fluid on the engine bay, seems to be coming from the back middle, where theres about four pipes going into a cast 'Box' mounted to the bulkhead(just to the left of power steering fluid and brake fluid). Doesn't sound like from the clutch then...
I take it the slave cilinders location is the reason you check belhousing for leaks then? Not sure how I can check this with the weather how it is and no garage to use :s
Any idea on cost to fix by trusted alfa garage if it's:
A: Master cilinder
B: Slave Silinder (Including and not inculding clutch itself)
C: Any other suspected faults....
The cast box is the ABS module. If you have had a leak somewhere in the brake system, you would eventually lose enough brake fluid so that you lose the clutch mechanism, this would happen before you lost the brakes as well. I think you really need to get it to a garage to let someone have a proper look, it could just be a leak in from the slave cylinder or maybe one of the brake/clutch fluid lines that has squirted fluid everywhere..
True for a twinspark. I Think Mr flibble has a JTD though(?) which makes changing the slave much simpler. Its on top off the bell housing and takes about half an hour to change. It's do-able yourself with minimal tools if you dont mind bleeding it yourself.
It looks like this:
If it is the master:Shop4Parts
Its behind the pedal and could be tricky for access (not sure)?
My money is on the slave. It may have sprayed brake fluid up from the top of the gearbox all over the rear bulkhead if the seals have gone. It may have blown due to the cold or due to having to work quite hard if you have an old and heavy clutch.
Good luck getting it sorted and let us know how you get on
And leak in the engine bay pretty much rules out the master cylinder. Slave cylinder is not a difficult job, I did one on my V6 (same gearbox) in 4 hours, I reckon I could do it in 2 hours second time round and the mechanics at work take little over an hour. But if the clutch is heavy, it really should be replaced before it does another slave cylinder in, or the flywheel..