Clutch panel riveted instead of screwed?
Brera 3.2 V6, 2007 plate
I've been having problems with my clutch pedal sticking to the floor (and strange/dangerous rev surging when braking with brake and clutch depressed and when engine cold, which might be connected) and have been looking into getting the clutch master cylinder replaced to hopefully resolve this.
I took it to a trusted (but non-specialist) garage close by and they looked into the procedure to follow etc and suggested a couple of hours' work plus the part itself. Great, I thought. When they took the car in, I got a call a few hours later to say that to get access to the clutch, they need to get past a panel which has for some reason been riveted in, instead of screwed/bolted in. They think somebody has been in there before and done a botch job when putting it back. The effect of this is that the mechanic would need to disassemble the entire dashboard to get access to the clutch from behind instead. 9-10 hours' work!!!
Does this sound like madness to you guys? I trust this mechanic so I don't think they're taking the mickey, but I just wonder if they're missing something straightforward. They said they cannot remove the rivets from the front as there is no tool that could get into the small space available. They're adamant that this is unlikely to be how it was from the factory, and they think factory-fitted screws/bolts have been replaced by some joker later down the line.