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Not Happy 156 V6 Clutch failure


I'm Claude King from South Africa. My 156 V6 has 123,000 km on the clock, and the clutch seems to have failed. It first started by shuddering badly on take-off. I called a few service-centres who advised that "the clutch is failing. The shudder is caused by an unevenly worn clutch-flywheel. The solution is to replace the clutch system and have the flywheel skimmed." They seem to have been right... 300km later, the clutch is now so bad that the gears will not slip in while the motor is running.

I have had many previous Alfas, and other cars. I have never heard of a clutch failing at 123,000 km. Since this car is computer controlled, before I take it for service, I just want to be sure it is a physical clutch failure, and not a computer-control related problem, or maybe just an adjustment problem (like adjusting your hand-brake travel). Can someone please advise?
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Re: 156 V6 Clutch failure

the clutch mechanism is hydraulic, so getting into gear should never be a problem! have you checked the brake/clutch fluid?
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Re: 156 V6 Clutch failure

It soulds to me like the slave cylinder is at fault. A worn clutch plate will generally casue slip, not problems with disengaging, where as a knackered slave will casue problems with changing gear and disengaging. (As well as a puddle of fluid)

It is possible that the fingers on the clutch cover have broken though, in which case there may be some noise on depressing the clutch, similar to when the release bearing fails.
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Re: 156 V6 Clutch failure

My 2.0 TS clutch failed in the first three years and under 60,000 miles(~96000km)... under warranty luckily. Sounded like your problem: got harder and harder to get car in gear until it was impossible and was towed in to dealers. I think this is pretty rare though, but all mechanical objects are prone to failure and not all at specific intervals.

It was a problem with the clutch cover, although the dealers didn't give me all the details at the time. When it started to go wrong, it went suddenly, so I'm inclined to think something broke.

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