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Hi, I've just returned from a year abroad during which I left my 147 in storage with the clutch pedal wedged down (on the advice of a mechanic). I started it up today and found the pedal feels very loose at the bottom of pedal travel, and the biting point has moved right up to the top, with some slippage. The is no obvious leak of hydraulic fluid anywhere. Does this sound terminal ??!!
 

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Im not an expert, but it seems really weird to advise you to leave the clutch wedged down for a whole year. It could be the clutch cable became loose. You should try adjusting it. Hope it helps.
 

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No clutch cable on 147's, they are hydraulic.

I guess leaving it with the pedal wedged down stops the friction plate sticking to the other bits. Can't imagine this does the pressure plate any favors though. Almost sounds like the spring fingers have lost some of their strength, if that's possible. I guess it's a case of seeing if it improves with use, could just be rust on the friction faces.
 
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