Clutch problem - master cylinder ?
Hi all, have been a lurker for a while, and have read posts on similar issues, but looking for your advice on this one.
Alfa 147 1.6 TS , 2o03, with slave cylinder in the bell housing. Originally the clutch wasn't working too well : a lot of free play before the clutch was disengaging right at the bottom of travel, and the pedal was also very stiff. Reading on here, it sounded like the cheapest & easiest place to start was bleeding the fluid just to check no air etc. There was no leaking of fluid, either in the brake reservoir level or obvious at master or cyclinders.
So, found out how to bleed at the slave cylinder - circlip up, release hose by a few mm, pedal down, hose back on, pedal up, hose off and pedal down, etc. Some really nasty fluid came out right at to start, so I carried on, and from the beginning it seemed to be mainly air. I've beld loads of brakes in my time and this just didn't seem right.
The fluid went down as I bled, with some fluid coming through, but not a lot. More concerning is the pedal is now 'broken', pushing down on the pedal gives no real resistance at all, but it does come back up.
Am I not bleeding it right ? Or have I somehow knackered the master cylinder ? Maybe it was on its way out anyway ? If I do need to replace it, how difficult is it ? Is the hose released from outside the car footwell i.e. at the bottom of the engine bay ? At the moment the car is undriveable as the clutch won't disengage at all !! Thanks a lot in advance for your help, unless its just to tell me I'm an idiot for fiddling :-)