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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 19-05-2015, 19:20 Thread Starter
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MG3 Clutch getting stuck down

We have a 15reg MG3 style lux from new with 2,680 miles done. The clutch got stuck down yesterday when attempting to pull away in first gear and my wife had to pull the clutch back up manually. She said that clutch had pressure when pulling it back up, the same amount as if you were pushing the clutch down. Only did it once yesterday and we did go out in the car later. She went to work this morning and went to pull away on a hill near home, clutch got stuck but this time on bite point with first gear engaged. Same fix, manual pull up with the same pressure as mentioned above.

We phoned our MG dealer and reported the fault but they have never heard of this issue. I know there is someone on this forum that had the same issue but sadly the thread ends with no answers on the cause. The dealer has said that they need it to do it all the time to be able to fix it, thanks MG .

Has anyone any ideas? Had or got this issue with their MG3?

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 20-05-2015, 12:17
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MG3 Clutch sticking down

This is caused by an air leak into the clutch hydraulic system due to a leaking seal at the bulkhead join. It's an easy fix and if your dealer phones MG they will tell him what to do.
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Thank you very much. I had thought it might be an air leak but where the car is new I just didn't know. I am surprised the dealer reckoned they didn't know what this issue was though as normally its air in the hydraulic system or a broken bracket.

I will update once its sorted but again a big thank you.

PS is this a common fault on the MG3?
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this is the 2nd I have heard with this in as many weeks
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Thanks for letting me know. Not ideal if the dealers don't know what to do. My dealer has now asked us to book the car into the service centre so they can review the issue. I hope they find the cause.

Will it continue to do this clutch sticking issue until its fixed or could it just be a phantom gremlin?

Problem gone away yesterday and her drive to work I hear was problem free.
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It won't go away but it won't do it all the time. There is a rubber seal which fits in the join at the bulkhead, if you run your finger under it you will probably find a small amount of wetness. It's easy to find just trace the clutch pipe back from the gearbox.
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It won't cure itself, but it won't happen all the time. There is a rubber seal at the bulkhead join which leaks, if you run your finger under it you will probably find a small amount of wetness. It is easy to find just follow the pipe back from the gearbox to where it goes through the bulkead.
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Very informative thread for those with this issue.

Excellent job all
This is the first I've heard of it, but if this is the second time in 2 weeks as Littlechicken has said, maybe there is a dodgy batch of seals?
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I thought the others were due to a bush failing on the clutch arm, and someone mentioned corrosion on clutch arm due to condensation in the engine bay had contributed (I think it was Kerridges). I am no mechanic though and just relaying conversations from elsewhere.

3rd one I have heard of in the last few weeks now. Lowest mileage one though. The other 2 were 13k and 17k respectively.
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It won't cure itself, but it won't happen all the time. There is a rubber seal at the bulkhead join which leaks, if you run your finger under it you will probably find a small amount of wetness. It is easy to find just follow the pipe back from the gearbox to where it goes through the bulkead.
Can you show images of the problem
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They all do that.
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Not all, but too many.
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They all do that.
Has yours? if so what was the cure?
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A quick Google appears to indicate that the 3 has something of a reputation for clutch issues.
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