Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: I would rather not say
GT clutch **WARNING**
Driving along the busy A4 today in traffic and suddenly the clutch pedal hits the floor with a 'pop'. Disaster...had to push the car until I could get off the road which was hugely annoying and of course embarrassing.
A little investigation in the footwell revealed that the cable attached to the clutch pedal had detached itself. Thankfully not a major clutch issue as first thought! A quick call to the ever helpful guys at Autolusso confirmed my diagnosis, but also explained why. The cable is attached to a large, thick disc which has a hole in the middle. This hole slips over a peg on the clutch pedal and, crucially, is held in place by a pin which goes through a hole in the peg and stops the disc from sliding off the peg - apologies if this description is poor, it's the only way I can think to describe it.
The pin had dropped out, aloowing the disc to slip off the peg. Autolusso told me that it could have either just happened (and that I'd find the pin in the footwell somewhere) or could have happened some time ago and I'd been lucky until then.
The pin is fitted into the bottom of the hole at the factory rather than the top as it's harder to reach! Movement and gravity take their toll an the pin drops out as an eventuality. It's a common issue and apparently should have been rectified by the main dealer at the first service!! Clearly the lazy dealer hadn't bothered with my car.
The pin was nowhere to be found, so a nail is currently doing the honours while I wait for a replacement pin - Autolusso have their own version which has a catch that stops the pin from dropping out and is fitted from the top.
So, those of you with GTs - at the weekend poke your head up into the footwell and see if your pin is intact and fitted from the top. If not, spend 5-10 minutes taking it out and fitting it correctly or you could find yourself pushing your car on a 3-lane A-road in heavy traffic!