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Old 19-09-2006   #1
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Clutch / Hydraulic Problem

Had a big problem the other week with the Marea 110 JTD ELX.

Basically, I've not been driving it for a few weeks as the wife's clio's been tempermental so I've been using that.

So, I was driving along thinking that the car felt funny, especially the clutch, but put it down to not using it for a while.


I pulled off at the motorway junction and pressed the clutch down (which was very loose) but couldn't get into any gear.


After looking silly for a while, i finally managed to get it into third and floored it. It smelt a bit but got me to where I need to be.

After calling the friendly AA man out, he eventually came about 1hr 30 mins later and topped it up with Hydraulic fluid.

Basically, I had a leak on the Hydraulic slave cylinder which meant sense after it was explained to me.

The car’s done 59,500 miles and I just assumed that the clutch was at its last days.


I took yesterday off trying to get it sorted, with a local garage that I could trust and not get ripped off with.

I finally got one in Westhoughton, Bolton, which for the record is not local and they said they’d pick it up tomorrow (Tuesday). I said to them, “well if you want to pick it up now you can as it’s not doing anything.”. They came and drove it off (I actually thought they’d tow it at least!!!) and I rang them up about 4ish and they’d done it.

Some garages where telling me they’d need the chassis number, serial number of the original part and my grandma’s cat’s birth certificate……

I don’t think the price is that bad. I got charged £117.50 for the whole job, I got it done in the same day so I didn’t loose another day as annual leave…..

Anyway, garage is called Clutch and MOT centre, 01942 818 991
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Re: Clutch / Hydraulic Problem

Quote Originally Posted by AlecTPR
Had a big problem the other week with the Marea 110 JTD ELX.

Basically, I've not been driving it for a few weeks as the wife's clio's been tempermental so I've been using that.

So, I was driving along thinking that the car felt funny, especially the clutch, but put it down to not using it for a while.


I pulled off at the motorway junction and pressed the clutch down (which was very loose) but couldn't get into any gear.


After looking silly for a while, i finally managed to get it into third and floored it. It smelt a bit but got me to where I need to be.

After calling the friendly AA man out, he eventually came about 1hr 30 mins later and topped it up with Hydraulic fluid.

Basically, I had a leak on the Hydraulic slave cylinder which meant sense after it was explained to me.

The car’s done 59,500 miles and I just assumed that the clutch was at its last days.


I took yesterday off trying to get it sorted, with a local garage that I could trust and not get ripped off with.

I finally got one in Westhoughton, Bolton, which for the record is not local and they said they’d pick it up tomorrow (Tuesday). I said to them, “well if you want to pick it up now you can as it’s not doing anything.”. They came and drove it off (I actually thought they’d tow it at least!!!) and I rang them up about 4ish and they’d done it.

Some garages where telling me they’d need the chassis number, serial number of the original part and my grandma’s cat’s birth certificate……

I don’t think the price is that bad. I got charged £117.50 for the whole job, I got it done in the same day so I didn’t loose another day as annual leave…..

Anyway, garage is called Clutch and MOT centre, 01942 818 991

Slave cylinder is only a £25 part from Fiat. Takes about 1hour to fit and bleed the system. Basically ball park figure should of been around £50.
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Re: Clutch / Hydraulic Problem

£117.50!!!!!!

i did mine on tuesday. the slave cylinder cost me £29.99 (fiat quoted £47+VAT), brake fluid cost £2.99, it took less than an hour and only required a set of spanners to do, and a bleed kit. its really really easy, easier than changing the brake pads.

buy a haynes manual and next time do it yourself. you'll save a fortune.

i know what you mean about people wanting the chassis number etc, the first place i rang said they dont sell them anymore because they had so much trouble with people returning them because they dont fit correctly. apparently there are 12 listed for the bravo. i didnt have any problem with the one i got (delphi) it fitted perfectly.
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Re: Clutch / Hydraulic Problem

hey guys, im havin a prob. clutch biting low on my 1.6 bravo mk2. have bled clutch slave but no difference. cant see any leaks from it and the fluid level is stayin constant.

any ideas.
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