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An annoying clutch peddle

My clutch peddle seems to be getting stuck when fully depressed it won't spring back straight away and just pauses for a bit now the funny thing is it seems to an intermittent thing car was fine, then sticky clutch strikes half way through journey then it's all back to normal.

This has happened twice now so I know it's a problem question is how serious ? I'm guessing it's something to do with the spring mechanism on the peddle or is it hydrolic ?

Having just come back from a service I'm loath to go back the garage again......

Anyone else had this experience ?
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Mines does this too. I've got in a habit of checking the pedal is up to the top by catching the side of it with my shoe.
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I know its sounds stupid... But have you got mats? If so Make sure they not in the way...
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Mine does this, often occurs on a morning after the car has been stood overnight. I've heard a few owners complain of the same.
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It's a very common issue. Replacing the master cylinder seems to fix it, though not every time I understand.

Carpets are definitely one to check.

Master cylinders are about 100 and if you're so minded, can be done yourself.

It could be you slave cylinder, but from what you describe - and what I know of those symptoms - It doesn't sound likely.

Others with more experience will confirm/correct me I'm sure.

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I know its sounds stupid... But have you got mats? If so Make sure they not in the way...
First time I thought it was the mat, but second time i pulled the mat back and the symptoms persisted for a few gear changes before disappearing.

Mats are permanently pinned back now so if it happens again will know somethings up for sure


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It's a very common issue. Replacing the master cylinder seems to fix it, though not every time I understand.

Carpets are definitely one to check.

Master cylinders are about 100 and if you're so minded, can be done yourself.

It could be you slave cylinder, but from what you describe - and what I know of those symptoms - It doesn't sound likely.

Others with more experience will confirm/correct me I'm sure.

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Good to know this, it's only happened twice so far but will keep and eye and if it happens once more will look to get the cylinder replaced.
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First time I thought it was the mat, but second time i pulled the mat back and the symptoms persisted for a few gear changes before disappearing.

Mats are permanently pinned back now so if it happens again will know somethings up for sure




Good to know this, it's only happened twice so far but will keep and eye and if it happens once more will look to get the cylinder replaced.
It's a long shot, but try bleeding your clutch. It's tricky to get it right (so I get my mechanic to do it) but that could help.

Having said that, my problem with the pedal comes and goes. I keep promising myself I'll replace the master cylinder.

Still haven't got round to it....

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You'll also find this well debated in the 156 forum because of a broken spring in the master cylinder.
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Firstly fit a bleed kit to your slave cylinder and bleed some new fluid through a little, see if that stops it. If not the clutch master cylinders on the 159s are easy to replace yourself and cost 75, they are behind the pedal and only held on by 2 10mm bolts/nuts, remove the bulkhead insert from the new one and re-use your old one to save time, the tricky bit is bleeding the fluid out of the clutch system and not getting fluid on your carpet.

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Firstly it is essential to check fluid level in the tank under the bonnet.
If it is low it affects clutch first.
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New master cylinder did not cure this on my wife's car. 5 years later it is the same.
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So how you driving with that fault? My car done it once but I was pretty sure that was because of floor mat... Doooh I'm bit worried now.... I've done about 120 miles since I bought my Brera (and before it broke up) and already found couple faults, which seems like common... I thought that 159/breras are better built than 156 (had it over a year and no single fault)
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New master cylinder cured it on my 159
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Mine does it first thing in the morning. I often have to put my toe under it and pull it all the way back up. It does not do it again until the following day, but nearly always. I think on one occasion when not at home and soon on a fast road I noted the cruise did not work. It registered the clutch as being depressed I guess.

I do have annoying mats that get caught between the clutch pedal and my foot too.
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The damn mats almost got me into a crash one week into ownership - that's how I learned my lesson.

Since then, I simple have some sticky rubber mats underneath the real mats (the same that you have under regular carpets on slippery wooden floors) - problem solved so far. At some point I even considered screwing the mats with screws to the floor, but luckily this rubber mat trick works fine for now.
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A real wealth of info cheers dudes, it's not happened again yet but at least I'll have a good idea of what to do should the problem appear again.
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