Impossible to insert any gear on cold engine
I am having problems inserting any gear, especially the reverse, when starting my 2001 156 TS 1.8 Veloce - 80'000 miles.
Is this a slave cylinder issue?
I read the Celadon's case with its pictures related to his slave cylinder, though on the floor under my 156 there is no leakage of fluid.
As I can drive after warming up I can't imagine that there any need to change the clutch and would think that it's only a question of setting the system responsible for changing gears. The last time I drove to London I managed it at high speed without any problems.
However, just now I found out the solution to at least start and have the car on the road by letting first the engine running for 30 minutes to allow the temperature to reach 90 degrees, before inserting the reverse and thus gettting out of my park space and then drive the vehicle normally by changing into first, second, third...etc..and in the end the reverse.
Initiallly the other anomaly was that the clutch pedal needed to be helped with my foot to spring up again when changing gear. Now at warm engine temperature the clutch pedal raises on its own almost normally.
I was told by a garage, recently consulted, that it might cost well over 500£ to fix the problem and possibly a new clutch will have to be installed, hence a huge cost would be involved. My 156 had the clutch replaced in 2005 at £718.00 VAT included.
The brake and clutch fluid has been checked and refilled and it stands at maximum level but I supect it doesn't flow down properly at cold temperature, hence only when warm the situation changes.
Any suggestions and advise is urgently needed and very much appreciated!
Last edited by carlodigiorgio; 17-03-12 at 01:55.