Has anyone experienced clutch slip on the 2.4 oil burner (2 1/2 years old with 38K on clock)?
Just over a week ago the clutch stated slipping up a hill. The car had me (fat git) and a small amount of shopping in the boot when the revs shot up and the speed dropped off. I immediately backed off the power but for the next 1/2 mile I couldn't apply any power as it would just rev.
The following day I jumped in the car to go and see my 'local' dealer but the clutch appeared to be fine, no hint of slipping. Then a few days ago it happened again, this time the clutch pedal was virtually on the floor. I called the AA the next day as I couldn't select a gear, he got in the car, tried to put it in gear, stopped the engine pulled the clutch pedal up and went for a drive. When he returned he suggested that the slave cylinder may be sticking and pronounced the car fit to drive to the dealer, he said they couldn't recover as it was drivable but would follow me to the dealer
. I suggested that he go away and I would get the vehicle recovered myself as it wouldn't make it.
I drove the car 2 miles before the clutch gave up again (the dealer would be about 23 miles away) at which point the AA did recover the car 4 hours after my original call.
The dealer is suggesting that this is 'wear and tear' on the friction material and the sticking pedal is a result of the plate material being worn and the thrust bearing catching the springs on the clutch.
Is the clutch in the 159 a special item? anyone else had a similar problem? Looks like a bun fight head my way for payment of a replacement clutch & fitting ...!!