I think I know what the problem is nut I just need to confirm. Just jumped into the car to go home and the clutch did not engage first of all even though the pedal was at the floor, then it would not return to its idle poitition so I pulled it back up manually. It now sits about 2 inches below whereit normally sits and bites litterally as soon I lift my foot. Is this the slave cylinder leaking? The 3 part clutch was replaced in June time. I don't need it to be the clutch itself as my dear father vowed never to to do it again and I relish the thought of doing it myself.
I think you're probably right. Sounds exactly like a slave cylinder probem to me. This seems to be a fairly common Alfa fault, I've had 2 fail (on different Alfa cars) in the past 2 years. Fortunately they're only about £25 from a main dealer and easy to fit (especially after changing the clutch !!).
I am planning on doing this job in an hour so everything WILL run smoothly I will be starting at 9 ish and driving it to work on time at 12 noon, It will happen as I dont relish the thought of waiting for an hour at 9 at night in the freezing cold for a bus and I dont have any plumming gear so it will have to come off with a spanner. I have the part. £35 expensive I know but needs must. I have got all the crap out of the way, why do alfa feel the need to make the battery tray so damn complicated. Ford ones have 4 bolts this one has 6 and one hidden away underneath, that reminds me if you snap the bolts that hold the front plate on retap the holes and fit new bolts as mine was welded back after the clutch replacement and its being a bit of a pain.
I have this big square G-Clamp thingy. I'm fiddling about trying to invent a 2 stroke powered tool to make clutches easier to change. The only problem I have now is putting the front of the car back onto the bulkhead without it being dangerous.
Soted and fixed. That stupid bolt under the battery tray is even more evil to put back on. All Alfa had to do was relocate the 2 Relays on the front of the thing and you could get your hand in, they also caused a headache when it kept cutting out on the test drive.
Just had it on the road 24 hours and its got a puncture. That woulddn't be a problem ordinarily but mine has a 5 stud spacesaver. Now with Eleanor these things come in three's and the Gearbox is feeling a bit clucky when its cold between 1st and sec. It may be time to get that special tool out, you know the one, its 6 inches tall and built like Geoff Capes.