I've recently had to buy a new 2.0 CDXSi as my 2.3 finally died. the last couple of days I've had trouble getting it into gear when it's cold, once warmed up it's no problem. The clutch bite is only about an inch or maybe less off the floor.
Does anyone have any ideas? Does it sound like the clutch or the gearbox?
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
10-18-2000, 11:58 AM
Sounds like the master or slave clutch cylinder has started to leak. I've had this problem on two 9000's. If it's the master then it's not too bad, as it's accessible from underneath the car. However the slave is inside the gearbox and requires the 'box out to replace the cylinder. Obviously renewing the clutch plates etc. is a sensible move if the work is carried out. Even if it only is the master at the moment ,the slave will not be far behind in my experience. Sorry.
I agree with cd carlsson I have had the same thing before....best to bite the bullit and replace both and your clutch
10-18-2000, 06:47 PM
Had this problem about 3 years ago, when I changed just the master cylinder seals-a lot cheaper than a new cylinder. Any decent motor factor can supply. Ask for Lochheed repair kit no LK11238. Its also a good idea to change the supply hose that runs across the bulkhead as this deteriorates internally. When bleeding it helps to have a pressure kit avialble as its its difficult to get all the air out without.
10-19-2000, 05:46 AM
Thanks to all for the help. I've kept the 2.3 for spares so I'll try changing the master cylinder first. I can't jack up the entire front end because of my drive, but I think I should be able to do it through the wheel arch, anyone else done it this way? Any handy tips?
Once I've got the clutch (relatively new) and slave cylinder out of the 2.3 I'll probably replace them as well.
10-19-2000, 08:00 AM
Before changing any of the seals or cylinders it may be worth bleeding the system first. I have had a low clutch pedal take-up _after_ bleeding because air was trapped in the master cylinder. Get someone to hold the pedal down while you bleed it with a pressure bleeder. This should expell any air trapped in the master cylinder.
10-20-2000, 12:58 PM
Thanks for all the advice. I changed the master cylinder and pressure bled it and now I have a fully functional clutch again.
10-20-2000, 01:19 PM
I need to bleed the clutch on my 900. Where do you get a pressure bleeding kit from ? and how much are they ?
Thanks - Simon.
10-25-2000, 06:24 PM
Try Gunsons Eezibleed kit from such as Halfords. These come with a variety of master cylinder caps and seals for brake and clutch systems.
Seems to be a common problem. Same on my 9000S. master...fitted with a kit, then master again then slave. Eventually, as you all say, bite the bullet and have the whole lot done including driven plate.
lol was I tempting it...........looks like mine,s goosed 2........carlssons you love em or hate emm.....or have a flexable friend