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Date: Wed, 17 May 2000 23:51:12 +0200
From: Robert Brown <>
Subject: Re: Clutch or Somewhere Inbetween?

Hi, You were right to look for liquid, but the stuff you're looking for originates in the brake fluid resevoir, believe it or not. Check the level of the fluid there. Be aware that the resevoir is actually divided into two separate compartments, lower down. One of these feeds the clutch master cylinder . . . You'll have to check the linkage between the clutch pedal and the clutch master cylinder. There should be a bolt and cotter pin holding those together. If that's OK, go to the engine bay and find the master cylinder bolted to the firewall (a tube about 10 cm long, with a hydraulic pipe running from it). There's also a black rubber tube running from the brake fluid resevoir to it. Check for leaks there, as well as along the hydraulic pipe all the way to the front of the car, where it joins the clutch slave cylinder. Make sure the nipple exiting the slave cyl nearby is tight. Check for leaks all along the hydraulic system. If none, then it may be that a seal in your clutch master has given way and prevents the piston in the clutch master cyl (driven by your left foot) from compressing fluid. That will be a bit of a messy job but not too hard to do. Loosening the pipe from the chassis will give you some room to play. You shouldn't have to disconnect the rubber hose from the slave cyl. Buy a renovation set from a parts dealer (about USD 15.00) and get to work . . . Regards, Robert Gothenburg (1983 900 GL, 1999 9-3 200) "Stephen P. Goodman" wrote: > Greetings all, > > I was nearly home last night in my 88 900s when I had to change gears in > traffic - several seconds after coming up in 1st - and pushed down the > clutch pedal to suddenly - very suddenly - find NO RESISTANCE. In short, it > went right to the floor. I was lucky to get home without wearing the gears > down to sand, I suspect. > > Not being a mechanic, but knowing a little bit, I opened the hood/bonnet and > checked the dipstick marked "Gear Box Fluid". It was full! > > Is there then a good possibility that I'm looking at other than a clutch > failure, perhaps something mechanical with the footpedal itself? Thanks in > advance. > > -- > Stephen Goodman * The free Loop of the Week! > EarthLight Productions *

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