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Help clutch problem!! Picture inside!

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i was happily nipping up loughborought road today just about to turn into boundary road pushed the clutch in and changed 2 2nd all was swell. Took my foot off the clutch and ARGH[:0] the clutch pedal stayed there OMG! Luckily i didnt panic to much and i was goin fast enought to roll into the nearest car park 20meters away from where i lost power!!

So had a look around the car and saw this!
The plastic bit had snapped!


So got a mate to tow me home phoned up fiat garage in nottingham and explained the problem so they have ordered a new plastic triangle bit and a new pin to attatch the cable to the clutch! Does anyone know if somewhere like halfords sell these parts cus it takes ages for fiat to get the bits!

But my problem now is how do i get it off does any one know an easy way!
need to unattatch it from points 1 and 2 any help please!


Has this happened to anyone else is it a normal thing??

cheers all

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Old 13-02-2003   #2
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To get no.2 off, there's a split pin and washer on the link rod at the back of the plastic triangle. To get no.1 off, it looks like you lever it out as it just clips in - there's no nuts or anything to be undone for this one.

Was just waitin' for daylight to pull mine apart and have a look!

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now thats what you call a helping hand!

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this happened to me too - dropped down into 4th to overtake someone and the clutch pedal stayed down. Not good. Cost 80 incl labout to get it fixed.
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Having changed 3 of these buggers in 8 months I consider myself somewhat of an expert.
The plastic triangle just pulls off.
Im considering having a few made from steel or aluminium.
The only weak link then will be the "L" part of the clutch cable, all of mine have broken there.
Im thinking of extending the clutch cable, looping it into the plastic triangle and back on itself to spread the load a little more.
The only other way would be a hydraulic clutch. Im surprised they didn't have them in the first place.
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I'm led to believe that a heavy clutch and frequent cable snappage can be down to clutch arm pivot bush failure inside the gearbox....

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Craps! that sounds like a gearbox out type repair to me.
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Re: Help clutch problem!! Picture inside!

hello same prob 3 clutch cables and 2 split pins its getting expensive
is the triangle thing the clutch quadrangle think thats what the garage called it as they refused to take out the dash to fix it
150 for the main dealer to do it
is there an easyway to get to the plastic bit behind the dash on the passenger side?
dealer was asking 350 for a new clutch too
(and 800 of other repairs the piss taking bastards)
i swore a bit as i left
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Re: Help clutch problem!! Picture inside!

Quote Originally Posted by paula
is there an easyway to get to the plastic bit behind the dash on the passenger side?
If its anything like the Cinq...its 3 screws securing a plate that covers the cable end!

Then its about 1 hrs work for a pro or 2-3 for an amateur with lots of swearing!

150 is an absolute joke! Its AT MOST 50 in labour (1hr) and 20 in parts IMO
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Re: Help clutch problem!! Picture inside!

Sei is a bit more difficult with the all enveloping dash moulding, but 150 is still taking the wee.

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Re: Help clutch problem!! Picture inside!

so is there and easy way to get to it or is it a keyhole surgery jobby?
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Re: Help clutch problem!! Picture inside!

Taking the passenger seat out helps a lot.

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Hi, like many of you, i have had clutch problems with sei sporting. First of all, clutch has always been heavy. Driving back from a funeral, depressed the clutch and there was a clang and the pedal went flat to floor. Called AA and roadside mechanic gave up after 1 1/2 hrs trying to refettle plastic fulcrum triangle in the p**sing rain.....cable wasn't snapped nor was the fulcrum broken. The clutch lever he reported was so stiff that he could hardly move it. Took it to garage and they reconnected the linkage with a new fulcrum (90). Clutch was still very heavy and now 3 weeks later it has gone again. Will a replacement clutch cure this problem? Is a good clutch nice and light or are clutches on sei's and cinq's always heavy? I had noticed a slight occasional high-pitched whine when pulling away and a difficulty engaging reverse occasionally. Any advice would be welcomed.
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Re: Help clutch problem!! Picture inside!

A good clutch is nice and light. Almost invariably the cable or the quadrant break because the clutch is at -- or past -- the end of life. Face it. I can't remember ho many times rallycinq and I have said it. Denial stops here.

It's completely and totally unecessary to remove the dash on Seis to replace the quadrant and/or clutch cable.

If your local dealer doesn't have the parts in stock, try Fluffy the Impaler (search here) or Shop4Parts (Google).
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Re: Help clutch problem!! Picture inside!

I just replaced my clutch and quadrant for a total cost of 55. The quadrant was 5 from Fiat, it's very very fiddly to fit but not difficult. The clutch was fairly easy, but having someone who knows what they're doing around is handy for the first time.
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