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I know this topic has been done a few times before, but just wanted to get a couple of opinions. My clutch tends to stick slightly at the point where it is fully depressed. It doesn't always do this and seems to do it more in 1st gear for some reason.

I have read about the possibility that this is a slave cylinder etc so went and spoke to my local garage. They spoke to Alfa Romeo, who suggested that the slave cylinder is what they would try first. My garage are charging just under £100 for a new cylinder, labour + vat.

Does this price seem about right? (I am rubbish with mechanics so buying the part and fitting myself is not really an option)! :)

Cheers all!
 

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Mine does this from time to time and then fixes itself for months on end.

I was advised it was either slave (cheap) or master (hideously expensive) cylinder.

Always try the cheap one first and £100 sounds fair.

all the best
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Clutch slave cylinder is about £30 plus VAT from discounters eg Alternative Autos - your garage should be able to get a similar price at trade rates......Fitting shouldn't take more than an hour or so at most, so depends what their hourly rate is. £100 doesn't sound cheap to me, but its not outrageous, I suppose.....
 

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Definately sounds like the clutch slave cylinder. Mine started sticking a couple of months ago. Then on morning went to drive car and that was it, peddle was on floor and and floppy. Change it now before you get that nasty surprise.
 

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my car does this every time i press the pedel right to the floor, i think it might be the master in my case, i had a lock the other day and it seemed to feel as if it was coming from that area. its rather imbarising when you nail ot off in first gear and go to change to second and it jumps into gear like you cant drive lol.
 

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Like RGWM said a slave cylinder is £25-£30 fitting is a doddle, it's mounted on the top of the gearbox just undo the pipe unio and two bolts or nuts and swap the slave over re-connect the union and a couple of pump the pedal down crack the blead nipple open let any air out (do it two or three times) and you are done it takes an hour Max. If it its the other cylinder then that one is a pig to do good luck.:)
 

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!clutch pedal pivot! checking this first would be helpful as KungfuPanda said, since mine was old and used to stick from time to time. changed it and no problems at all now...
 

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!clutch pedal pivot! checking this first would be helpful as KungfuPanda said, since mine was old and used to stick from time to time. changed it and no problems at all now...
hi spider volkan,

what was exactly wrong with the pivot? as thats sorta what my pedal feels like. its coming from the pedal area not the slave.
 

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could be this altho my pedal isnt stiff or hard, it just feels as if it catches on the mat every time you fully depress it. also makes a little clicking noise when it does it :S
 
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could be this altho my pedal isnt stiff or hard, it just feels as if it catches on the mat every time you fully depress it. also makes a little clicking noise when it does it :S
Same for me. I get a clicking in the pedal about half way down too. Its intermittent and been the same for maybe 18 months now...

... 2 Alfa Specialists say its just how it is. Neither suggested I need to change the cylinders. When I can be bothered I'll have look.

Best to fix the pivot rather than shell out for expensive bits :)
 

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Same for me. I get a clicking in the pedal about half way down too. Its intermittent and been the same for maybe 18 months now...

... 2 Alfa Specialists say its just how it is. Neither suggested I need to change the cylinders. When I can be bothered I'll have look.

Best to fix the pivot rather than shell out for expensive bits :)
im going to take my car tomorrow and have a look at this, im interested now! i will ask the guy i work with he has been alfisti all his life and worked on them for 25 years hw might have a idea whats going on.
mine makes the clicking noise when its fully depressed and gets stuck.
 

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well its a round thing clicks on the pivot made the sticking on mine, think it as a boot damper which sits on a ball shaped piece. this part gets old and rubber starts to make it sticky.
hope i could explain...
 
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well its a round thing clicks on the pivot made the sticking on mine, think it as a boot damper which sits on a ball shaped piece. this part gets old and rubber starts to make it sticky.
hope i could explain...
Thanks for the extra info.

I really ought to investigate but I really don't want to spend my weekend upside-down in the drivers footwell!!
 

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erm, this may sound really dumb but I found my clutch pedal doing this and after some careful exporatory work I have fixed it so that it doesn't do it again...






...I pulled the floor mat back slightly so that the pedal didn't catch the front edge of it when it was fully depressed. The mats can slip forward on some models because there are no catches to hold them in place. It worked on my 159!!
 

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Just an update....in the end I took it to Meridien Milano in Portsmouth. Slave cylinder changed and seems to be better now.

Best of all, warranty company are paying for most of it!!! :)

I know there is a separate thread on this, but I was impressed by Meridien. Very helpful, and the price they quoted (had I been paying) was only £17 dearer then my local jack of all trades mechanic, hence, why I took it there in the first place!
 

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erm, this may sound really dumb but I found my clutch pedal doing this and after some careful exporatory work I have fixed it so that it doesn't do it again...


...I pulled the floor mat back slightly so that the pedal didn't catch the front edge of it when it was fully depressed. The mats can slip forward on some models because there are no catches to hold them in place. It worked on my 159!!
this worked for me too, although I was at the time too embarrassed to admit it, definately worth checking!
 

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Thought I would update;

I get a clutch pedal problem when someone else drives my car and pushes the clutch pedal to the full extent of it's travel. It then sticks and misbehaves for days/weeks.

As I know my car I only move the pedal to about75% of its travel and I theorised that when its pushed past its regular position the linkages on top of the GB may be picking up dirt and crap that has accumulated at the end of the usual travel distance.

Anyway at the weekend, I sat in the car and pumped the pedal, as usual it was notchy and inconsitent. I then had an accompliance hold the moving parts on top of the gearbox to see if he could 'feel' anything wrong.

Immediately the feel of the pedal went to silk, and its been perfect since.

I may be tempting fate but I think the linkages may have been slightly out of alignment and the pressure of my mates hand was all that was needed to reseat something.

I suspect replacing the slave would have the same effect as you would move/disturb the linkages when replacing it.

Just my 2p and might be a coincidence but if it helps someone : )

cheers
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