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Old 22-06-2009   #1
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Seat Ibiza 1.4 clutch

Hi all, had great fun on Sunday 21st replacing discs and pads on youngest daughters Ibiza 1.4. Drivers side took 2 hours... rusted in grub screw, couldnt get the slider pins back in... well got that sorted, passenger side done in 15mins.... Anyhow, I have mentioned this before but since we bought the car the clutch pedal has felt heavy, jerky and squeeks / groans, it all works fine, bites halfway up the travel and doesnt slip... I will be lubricating the pedal assembly.

BUT... I looked on Seatcupra.net and these clutch cables on RHD models seem to be a bit of a baitch to swop, anyone done one and got any advice? Plus, the pedal boxes can be frail and welds come apart when the clutch goes stiff. I'm hoping its not trouble with splines in the clutch or anywhere else in there.

I remember Big Black Stilo had loads of trouble with his but this car has been and is fine, except for the clutch thing.

I plan on buying a Genuine V.A.G. clutch cable, just wondered if and FF'ers have done the job themselves, any tips, suggestions or ideas welcome
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Re: Seat Ibiza 1.4 clutch

I have changed these on Ibiza's before (see pic) - is this the same shape as the one you have ?

There not too bad tbh and it is a good practice to put a generous amount of grease on the fixing point of the clutch release arm to prevent jerkiness / squeekiness.

- Trim under steering coloumn by knee just pulls out and you should see the white plastic end which is attached to the clutch pedal.

- On the gearbox end the cable unscrews / adjusts using iirc a 10mm nut/s. Do this end 1st.

- remove the scuttle panel / wiper arm trims x2 and you will see the route of the cable under the wiper linkage - i normally never had to take this out .

- release the rubber grommits from the bulkhead points and rempve the cable as needed - there is also a small tube like plastic guide nearest the os bulkhead opening which may need to be removed to allow the cable to come pass the wiper motor etc.

- Refit in reverse order with plenty of grease at fixing points as needed (moly grease).
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Re: Seat Ibiza 1.4 clutch

Looks very similar Citizen Smith, thanks for the description, top man! Does the clutch fitting & routing differ much model to model?
I squirted the clutch arm pivot on the bellhousing and the pedal fulcrum, seems to have made it 80% quieter and smoother but I'd really like to swop the cable.
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Re: Seat Ibiza 1.4 clutch

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Looks very similar Citizen Smith, thanks for the description, top man! Does the clutch fitting & routing differ much model to model?
I squirted the clutch arm pivot on the bellhousing and the pedal fulcrum, seems to have made it 80% quieter and smoother but I'd really like to swop the cable.
Its nearly the same to give more directness from the pedal to the gearbox end - what some parts places did was store the cables hanging up vertically so the internal grease would move down and come out

- before putting a new one in put plenty of grease inside between the outer and inner parts of the cable and work it a few times 1st as well or see if you can take the cable off at the bell housing point, hold it up whilst spraying some grease in there and allowing it to travel as far as you can get it might make a world of difference also .
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Re: Seat Ibiza 1.4 clutch

my ibiza was a 96 and was the most unreliable car I have owned. the clutch problem was just one thing. the cable snapped and was a pain to change, so much so I got the local grease monkey to do it, but then I had water leaking in issues as the scuttle panel and wiper assembly had to come out. cost 80 for cable and fitting.
amazingly the friggers still taxed and running somewhere
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