spider clutch problem?
Well, I've just had my first major Alfa breakdown (had to get home on back of recovery truck.)
Car has been driving fine ever since I bought it about a month ago. However, was driving home after me laddo's footy training tonight and pulled up at a set of lights, duly engaged neutral and applied handbrake. Lights turned green and dipped clutch to engage 1st gear and gear lever steadfastly refused to budge! Dipped clutch again and still wouldn't engage any gear. Managed to roll back from lights and park more safely half on/off pavement. With engine off, gear lever will engage any of the gears but soon as engine is running, then gear lever again refuses to budge.
Have tried engaging gear first and then turning over engine with clutch dipped but all I get is clutch drag and hence nasty graunching noises from gearbox.
Clutch pedal has normal resistance (i.e not sinking to floor under its own weight) and when I got son to depress pedal I could see slave cylinder operating clutch actuating arm on gearbox so I don't think its the slave cylinder that has failed (unless they can partially fail so that arm will move but not enough to fully disengage clutch?)
There has been absolutely no sign of any clutch problem prior to this i.e. no clutch slip, juddering etc.
Any other ideas or clutch 'foibles' spiders/gtv's are prone to which I should be aware of?
BTW, mine is a ph1 2.0TS Spider. Its done 114k and, having checked through all its comprehensive service history doesn't appear to have had a replacement clutch so this may well be its original!!
Fearing the worst, what sort of price could I be looking at for a replacement clutch to be fitted at an Indy?