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Hi Guys,

Apologies in advance for my lack of mechanical knowledge (this will be very evident by the termonology used below!)

Occassionally, when pressing the clutch pedal down I notice a slight 'click' around 3/4 of the way down to the floor. I dont have any problems getting the lever into gear, it's just a bit worrying. This 'click' doesnt happen every time I change gear, but I guess it is becomming apparent enough for me to ask for a bit of help here.

Any thoughts on what this might be?

The car has just had its 60k service.

Thanks

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Just been having a drive to see if I can provide any further clues.

After doing a bit of research, some clutch problems effect Cruise Control, my cruise control still engages when required.

Its a really intermittant issue, sometimes it wont happen for an entire journey, and on other journeys this 'click' is apparent every other gear change.

Any tests I can do to narrow down the cause? The clutch is quite heavy, but my reading suggests that normal for alfas

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There have been a few reports of things similar. You could try some lubricant to see if that eases it. Also there was a pin on the pedal that Alfa had been getting changed. If yours has been into a dealer they should have checked that any recalls have been done against your VIN number, but it wouldn't hurt to call your local dealer and check if there are any outstanding recalls against your VIN.
 

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There have been a few reports of things similar. You could try some lubricant to see if that eases it. Also there was a pin on the pedal that Alfa had been getting changed. If yours has been into a dealer they should have checked that any recalls have been done against your VIN number, but it wouldn't hurt to call your local dealer and check if there are any outstanding recalls against your VIN.
Thanks for the reply

The clutch was squeeking, but Alfa sorted that out with some lubricant at the 60k service (has now done 61.5). The slight click/pop/notch still remains though.

Like I said previously, I never have problems changing gear, the clutch doesnt slip, and the click is only apparent on clutch depression i.e. it is completely smooth on the way back up.

Been having a dig around, pushing the clutch pedal in and out with my arm (whilst parked!) - you need biceps the size of Arnie, although research suggests the GT clutch is notoriously stiff/heavy?

Any further tips / advice based on the above?

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Ross

PS: Will give the dealer a call to check if there are any outstanding recalls, thanks for the tip.
 

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Just a bit more info:

The clutch feels normal pushing 50% of the way down, then gets heavier until you get past the notch / click.

Worth taking it in to get looked at?

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Sorry to bump - was wondering if anyone could offer any advice:

I think it's likely that the notch described above is being caused by the release bearing wearing through - however it's still very intermittant, it can be hardly noticeable on a journey, or apparent every other gear change......

My question is... is it recommendable to keep on driving until gear changing becomes difficult, clutch slips or clutch completely fails?

My concern is that I dont want to be causing additional damage by delaying a fix..

Secondly, anyone got a ball park figure of how much it'll cost for a clutch replacement at an alfa specialist (i.e not a dealer/stealer)

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Ross - I have a very similar problem on on 07 plate wit c26k miles. Told Alfa at the last service (18k) and they said that nothing was wrong with it :rolleyes: I may print this and take with my next service as I too am concerned that something will happen when it is out of warrantee!
 

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nyrder, if I were you I'd be hounding Alfa for a replacement clutch (whilst your warranty remains in tact)- does your 'notch noise' originate from under the bonet, or the cabin? Do you have a heavy clutch also?

I love my alfa, but this is beginning to cause premature balding and greyness - don't want to cause unnecessary damage by delaying fix, but on the other hand, I dont want to fork out close to £1k for something that doesnt need to be fixed for another 10/15k miles!

argh
 

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My cambelt is due for replacing soon, anyone know if combined labour will be reduced if clutch and cambelt are replaced at the same time?

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nyrder, if I were you I'd be hounding Alfa for a replacement clutch (whilst your warranty remains in tact)- does your 'notch noise' originate from under the bonet, or the cabin? Do you have a heavy clutch also?

I love my alfa, but this is beginning to cause premature balding and greyness - don't want to cause unnecessary damage by delaying fix, but on the other hand, I dont want to fork out close to £1k for something that doesnt need to be fixed for another 10/15k miles!

argh

it's due for another service soon and was going to bring it up again (i know what you mean about balding-was in central London & all i could tibk please don't break, please don't break....!)

seems to be te cabin and yes seems to be fairly heavy

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Hi, had the same problem with my clutch (GT JTDM on 55 now with 53K on the clock). So 3 times into the dealer. Last year they replaced the master cylinder in the clutch as it was this that was making the clicking noise when pressing on the clutch. This year the problem occurred again so went back. They sprayed an unbelievable amount of lube around the clutch. You don't do that unless you want to pass off a "it should be ok now"!! Well.. not accepting this as the clinking noise was still there. So went back and they confirmed this it was the slave cylinder that was leaking. So under warranty, they finally replaced it.

Go back to the dealer if its under warranty and get them to check the master and slave cylinder.. Hope this helps.
 

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Thanks for the tip Ash - my car is out of warranty unfortunately. Does anyone know if checking the Master and Slave Cylinders for leaking involves an excessive amount of labour time? i.e. close to changing the clutch itself?

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Thanks for the tip Ash - my car is out of warranty unfortunately. Does anyone know if checking the Master and Slave Cylinders for leaking involves an excessive amount of labour time? i.e. close to changing the clutch itself?

Cheers

Ross
The slave cylinder is relatively cheap to replace (...although I didn't pay for it) probably no more than GBP150. Ask them to check it the creak comes from under the bonnet. This will confirm whether slave cylinder has to be replaced. Be warned that although the clutch pin recall was done on my car it broke at 72k !!!

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Hi Guys

I have just read this thread and it seems similar to an issue I had with my GT 1.9 jtdm.

I had a 'tick' sound, a notch feeling from the pedal and a heavy clutch, but 2 dealers said that was the way it is. However, I took it to Lombarda in Notting Hill and they moved the car into the workshop to fit an ipod cable FOC and they said the clutch was not right and there was a mod for the clutch pedal, so they wanted to investigate to see.

Turns out the mod was for an older version. However, they said the Dual Mass Flywheel was the fault, so it would need a new one. They booked me in and replaced it, but also needed to replace the clutch.

All done FOC under warranty by a dealer who I didn't even ask to check it. Fantastic service! I hope this helps.

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I've never had the clicking noise your on about here..... but.... sometimes on a trip the clutch pedal will feel a bit stiffer towards the end of its travel when pressing down. There hasn't ever been a problem changing gear and the car hasn't reached 3.5k miles yet.
Does this sound familiar to anybody else?
 

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Cheers Guys - for now I think im going to persevere until it gets worse. The clutch was feeling particulary heavy this morning, but no clicking / nothiness this time! I'm just going to be prudent and start saving, looks like worse case scenario im going to need a new clutch and DMF in the not too distant future, so better start scraping the pennies together to find £1k
 

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Just drove home from work, dont know if it's paranoia but the clutch does seem pretty damn heavy.

I guess what would put my mind at rest (slightly) is if anyone could offer assurances that driving with a heavy and slightly notchy clutch is unlikley (obviously anything is possible) to cause damage to anything other than clutch components (which will need to be replaced anyway)?

If anyone could offer advice on the above it would be greatly appreciated,

Cheers

Ross
 
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