I have been browsing on here for a couple of weeks now but this is my first post. Seems like you have a great forum here
I bought a 156 2.0 TS a couple of weeks ago. Apart from needing a new thermostat, which I replaced last weekend, it was running fine but I am starting to get problems with the clutch and I need some advice on diagnosing what is wrong.
The problems started earlier this week when I noticed the clutch pedal stopped coming up fully when I released the clutch. It would stop about three quarters of the way up and then after a few seconds would 'ping' up into the fully released position. Other than this there were no other problems until Friday morning when I jumped in the car, started up and then really struggling to engage first gear. I got to work OK but changing gear was difficult, especially engaging first. This has now continued for the last two days.
So far, I have checked the brake fluid, which I believe runs off the same reservoir and the fluid level is just below max, so that is OK. I had a look at where the hydraulic line goes into the top of the gearbox (I believe the slave cylinder is inside the gearbox on the 2.0 litre) and although I could see no fluid leak I noticed that the large rubber cover was not fitted properly and neither was the small metal clip on the fluid line. In fact, the rubber cover was the wrong side of the clip, so I removed the clip, fitted the rubber cover properly and refitted the clip properly. Unfortunately, this has made no difference but does suggest someone has been fiddling in that area before - perhaps they have had a go at bleeding the clutch.
The other thing I have noticed in the last day or so is that the bite point is very low to the floor. I am sure it was not like that when I first got the car.
I have done some searching on here already and the symptoms I have got seems to suggest that the master or slave cylinder is at fault. Is that right? I am handy with the spanners myself so if the fault is the master cylinder I may have a go at changing it but as I suffer with a bad back I am not keen on removing the gearbox on my driveway to change the slave cylinder this time of year!
So, I need some advice please folks. Is it worth bleeding the clutch to see if it helps? Can I work out whether the master or the slave cylinder is likely to be the problem? And lastly, if I carry on driving it as is for now, how likely it is that I am going to breakdown ... I only do a ~5 mile journey to and from work each day and have ADAC breakdown cover ...!
The car is a 1998, S plate and has 99,000 miles on the clock and other than the clutch issue it drives nicely.
Thank you in advance