147 Clutch problem - advice required
My 147 has suddenly developed a nasty fault with the clutch.
As of today, the pedal has become very stiff & spongy; more worryingly the biting point is hard pressed into the carpet almost. Pulling away in reverse or first has become a challenging experience!
Now, this happened literally overnight - drive home, fine. Pull out of my drive the next morning like a rocket ship.
However, when I'm up and running, the stiffness of the pedal aside, it seems fine. Yes, the pedal is very hard & spongy, the biting point is almost under the carpet - but I'm getting every gear, no crunching, no lurching - I would defy a passenger to notice a problem.
Ive checked the hydraulic fluid in the reservoir and its fine - I think I read somewhere the brakes & clutch share hydraulic fluid. Although that may well be total nonsense?
So - I was wondering a few things, outside of my knowledge.
- Do my symptoms sound like a hydraulic problem or the actual clutch plate itself?
- Anyone care to guess a price on the scant information here?
- Safe to drive? Likely to go terribly wrong? Get the bus for a bit?
Any advice would be enormously appreciated - obviously I need to get it looked at by my garage, I'm really looking for some weekend 'tide me over' advice and confidence about driving her - or not.
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