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I have a 166 2.5, the clutch is quite stiff, I like it personally but is it normal?? The travel is minimal and quite sporty in feel, any ideas??
 

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they all seem to suffer from it - somebody has suggested it's a fault with the RHD pedal box....others have had improvements with new master/slave cylinder, although you're best to start off with bleeding the system as the fluid will probably never have been changed....
 

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My clutch is fairly stiff as well - My mechanic says that this shows that it is nearing the end of its life, No slip though - He estimated another 20k miles. I changed the clutch in my 164 3.0 V6 24v Super a few years back - It was lighter when done but not as light as most cars.

Nothing to worry about.
 

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As long as the bite point isn't right at the top of the travel you should be fine. Seems to be a trait of the V6's - I would try bleeding the slave cylinder as Niall suggests, I did this when I changed the brake fluid in the car and it did make a bit of difference. It's still a "man's" clutch though!
 

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How many have you driven charlee? I have owned three V6 Alfa's and have driven the three V6 Alfa's that my brother has owned - The stiff clutch is not unusual.
 

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It's my 3rd.
When it started to become stiff I knew it was time to replace it and it was back to normal again. It's definitely not as soft and light as on a Citroen but it's pretty good :p
The problem I had is with the click I mentioned in my earlier post. A few people I know with 156s or 166s with V6 engines and even JTDs - have the same problem...
 

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Yeah, so not unusual for it to stiffen up (fnar!) when it gets on a bit - No real need to change though unless you don't have the muscle. I will change mine once it shows signs of slipping.
 

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You don't want to be left on the road on a rainy day with no clutch, do you? :D Don't wait until it starts slipping.. it will start to "click" earlier :lol:

How much does a clutch set cost for a 166 V6 in the UK?
 

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I drove a '56 plate 147 (1.9) JTDm for a couple of days last week (i.e. still relatively new), and I couldn't believe how much stiffer/firmer the clutch was compared even to my Brera V6! :eek:
 

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My 166 3.0 Super is also very stiff on the clutch front and you can't get a smooth change unless the clutch is pushed hard to the floor. If you lift half an inch of the carpet then the car begins to move (in gear). Is this the end for the clutch? It's covered 72k miles from new.
 

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sounds like it to be honest....basically the fingers in the plate wear away and the momement in the clutch reduces to such an extent that soon you won't be able to disengage gear. You may also get slipping under power if the friction material is badly worn as well.

Is the clutch on the 166 V6 as much of a 'mare as the 164? My specialist took 12 hours to change my 'leafs old one - 4 hours of which were spent trying to undo the top started motor bolt!
 

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Also, the spline shaft apparently gets a bit corroded, and this may restrict the movement of the clutch plates (I was told this happened to mine & the garage had a lot of problems.......)

Of course, you may as well get the new clutch kit put in at the same time as checking this :D (£130-170, or look on ebay for a sports clutch & then tell the rest of us what it is like)
 

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my clutch is very stiff too, I had the 'click' and about 2 inchs of play at the top of the pedal before anything actuallu moved. It felt like the top was not connected. My mech sorted it though it was a problem where the pedal goes into the pedal box the bearing was not working properly, he told me it was a bit of a BA-LAMB to rectify. So the clutch is fine now but it is still hard to press down.

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sounds like it to be honest....basically the fingers in the plate wear away and the momement in the clutch reduces to such an extent that soon you won't be able to disengage gear. You may also get slipping under power if the friction material is badly worn as well.

Is the clutch on the 166 V6 as much of a 'mare as the 164? My specialist took 12 hours to change my 'leafs old one - 4 hours of which were spent trying to undo the top started motor bolt!
Don't even remind me of the clutch in the 164 :rolleyes:
Definitely a nightmare to change...
One time it was so stiff and I went to drive my wife's C3, I almost went through the floor with my foot :lol: :lol:

BTW, the 166 is getting a new clutch today :cool:
 

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My 166 3.0 Super is also very stiff on the clutch front and you can't get a smooth change unless the clutch is pushed hard to the floor. If you lift half an inch of the carpet then the car begins to move (in gear). Is this the end for the clutch? It's covered 72k miles from new.
Hi joniboy. Mine's just the same. A quick vacuum out under the pedals helped (only joking). I mentioned it to my mechanic (Alfa trained independant) and he said it was fine. He reckoned it's when they get to the top of the movement before engaging that you've got problems. I'm not entirely convinced though. Anybody else got an opinion on this one?
 

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The 'click' that people are referring to might be wear on the retaining pin on the pedal. The one on my now dearly departed 164 was so far gone I was in fear of it breaking off completely. The yoke had cut through the pin by about 50%. I'd take my foot off the pedal and then a second or two later it would clunk back up to the top of it's travel.
 

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You don't want to be left on the road on a rainy day with no clutch, do you? :D Don't wait until it starts slipping.. it will start to "click" earlier :lol:

How much does a clutch set cost for a 166 V6 in the UK?
£350 fitted, but the V6 and JTD clutches are a little heavier than the TS ones, just because they have grip better against the torque.
 

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David - Have you recently bought your Super? Just wondering as I traded mine in February, it had this clutch issue but my mechanic said the same.
 
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