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Hi to all Alfa enthusiasts, I'm new to the forum and would love a little advice...

I have a 57 plate GT diesel, recently had the clutch go loose for about half of the throw of the pedal. It just about managed to select gears so gave it to my local garage, I read a few posts on here about master and slave cylinders and hoped it would be something of that ilk. After inspection the garage said no signs of cylinder problems, 'got to be the clutch'.
A small fortune later it was fixed and much less stiff than it used to be, but 60 miles later it's happened again, no selecting gears this time however.
Would be grateful for any advice on the matter before the garage take the car back.

Many thanks!
 

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Yes, no problems with the engine off. It's as if the biting point has moved much further away, about two inches the other side of the footwell it seems!
 
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If it will go in gear when not running but not when it is then I guess it's possible a thrust bearing problem. did they change it when doing clutch?.

Does it go in gear normally when engine isn't running or is it more like the feel when you try and put it in gear when not running and you haven't pressed clutch?
 

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I'm not convinced that your slave or master isn't the problem. Where did you take the car? It sounds like they bled it up when they did your clutch and and now it's leaked again. Thrust is also a possiblity. They should have fitted a full clutch kit when they did it which includes a bearing
 

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R.Poiretti is the garage, they claim to be Italian specialists. I'll fire those questions at them, see if that sheds some light. Many thanks
 

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Personally I'd go see autolusso. they are only in dunstable and you'll get it done right this time :)
 

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The garage seem to know what they're on about and are happy to pick it up and investigate. They seem to think it's a faulty slave cylinder (part of the clutch kit fitted last week) which can be replaced under their warranty. Fingers crossed!
Failing that I'll take it to one of the places suggested, thanks to all, and I'll let you know how I get on...
 

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Give Day and Whites a call ,they are at Brands Hatch .

8.00am - 5.30 pm

01474 879210

John.
Or them :thumbs:

The garage seem to know what they're on about and are happy to pick it up and investigate. They seem to think it's a faulty slave cylinder (part of the clutch kit fitted last week) which can be replaced under their warranty. Fingers crossed!
Failing that I'll take it to one of the places suggested, thanks to all, and I'll let you know how I get on...
Er a faulty slave cylinder eh? It's not part of a "clutch kit"(this is a clutch plate, pressure plate and thrust bearing). These guys sound more and more suspect. So now they have identified the problem as the slave now they have done you for a clutch even though it produced exactly the same problem as before....... Sorry mate but I think they are having you on. Take it to Day and Whites or Autolusso and have them confirm that a new slave has been fitted. It will be very obvious if it has as it's done 60 miles and should be shiny shiny new. I think you'll find it probably hasn't :(
 

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No worries mate. just don't want to see another alfisti get shafted. It does seem very suspect though :( Keep us posted on how you get on :)
 

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Unfortunately I think we're a little too late, they've probably picked the car up by now. I thought they were a bit keen.
Let's hope it's all innocent or that they try their luck and find something else wrong so I can stop them doing any more work to it!
Many thanks Joss!
 

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Just a quick update on my own clutch issues - had started a seperate thread but thought I'd answer here as it was all too similar!

Apparently there is a bad batch of slave cylinders, which seem to lose pressure internally especially in cold weather. My Blackline has gone back to the garage today to have both the slave and master cylinders replaced again at no extra charge. Will update again when I've driven the car for a few weeks.

How did you get on with yours GTom???
 

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The garage informed me that they hadn't actually replaced the slave cylinder the first time around and it was now probably a seal in the master cylinder that was to blame (what I originalally asked them to check), meaning I've just bought a new clutch for no reason, oh yeah! :thumbs
They've bled the system and it's working fine (for now), but I'll be taking it to somewhere more reputable from now on.
-Soular - I'm afraid I'm no more informed on the matter than I was before, other than the kind advice, but I'll post my progress in time and let you know what happens.
Many thanks all!
 

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Take them to the small claims court to get a refund for the unnecessary clutch job. You pay them money because they are supposed to know what they are doing. Not correctly checking the basics like master or slave cylinders is negligence on their part, especially given the symptoms. They always like to do a full clutch job because it makes them more money. Just basic fraud as far as I'm concerned. At a minimum report them to trading standards.
 

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The garage informed me that they hadn't actually replaced the slave cylinder the first time around and it was now probably a seal in the master cylinder that was to blame (what I originalally asked them to check), meaning I've just bought a new clutch for no reason, oh yeah! :thumbs
They've bled the system and it's working fine (for now), but I'll be taking it to somewhere more reputable from now on.
-Soular - I'm afraid I'm no more informed on the matter than I was before, other than the kind advice, but I'll post my progress in time and let you know what happens.
Many thanks all!
I thought so and sorry to hear mate. Well pop over to autolusso and Ned will sort you out with the right gear and you'll be all smiles. As for teh original garage I'd see what you can get back regarding the work that wasn't needed :(
 
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