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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-03-2017, 13:01 Thread Starter
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MG ZS 180 Clutch Issues *HELP!*

Hey all, New here so i apologies if this is posted in the wrong place.

So im having issues with the clutch in my 180.
The clutch was never an issue however recently im struggling to be able to select gears more so reverse.
the clutch feels very loose, and im having to put my foot to the floor to change gear. If I release the depress the clutch it is slightly easier but not by much.
I fitted a new slave cylinder which seems to have made no difference as the housing for the slave cylinder doesn't seem to hold it very well there's a lot of movement when depressing the clutch pedal. I have taken the master cylinder out, cleaned it and likewise with the slave both have no issues with them they appear to work as expected. I've also checked the gearbox oil which is also again fine. Im running out of options as to what the problem could be or where to look next as to ways around fixing it. If anyone has any suggestions or has had this problem advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Have you checked the mat isn't stopping the pedal going all the way down and it is pivoting correctly? Try without the mat and have a look at its operation (the bush wears and it may not engage the master cyl early enough). Also, is the system properly bled; you don't what to use pedal travel compressing air. Lastly, the slave brackets can be a bit weedy on these. It seems like yours is moving that may waste travel. Can it be tightened or is it broken and in need of replacement.

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I've taken the mat out and depressed the clutch it's definitely not the mat getting in the way, I've already disconnected the master and pulled it through into the engine bay and checked it, appears to be working fine, everything seems to be fine it makes no sense, the pedal itself feels that there is no resistance in it at all I can depress the pedal to the floor with literally no resistance which makes sense that the gear change is shoddy because the gates for gears don't open fully, the slave bracket itself appears ok and the slave fits into the bracket as shown in many photos I've looked through on google, the actual bracket is the original and doesn't appear to be broken but regardless when the slave is in the housing as shown in photos when depressing the clutch there is movement but I don't know if that's definitely the issue here as even if slave was fixed solidly into the bracket It would yield the same result, the movement isn't enough to affect it that severely, I'm going to have another look in the week but I'm guessing best option here is to find a specialist?
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I found on mine that the bracket supporting the slave cylinder was cracked. Also the two-part sealed hydraulic design is sealed and impossible to bleed or top up with hydraulic fluid should a leak develop. I replaced the whole lot with a dark ice designs kit. Infinitely better, can be bled and has a little reservoir at the top. It was not hard to fit.

Have you had someone press the clutch pedal while you watch the lever that the slave cylinder acts upon? That will give you a good idea as to whether there is air in the system (which is what it sounds like to me).

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Yes, ive had a friend depress the clutch and the slave dejnitely flexes inside of the housing which makes no sense as the bracket and the actual cyclinder have no actual damage to them, but I decided to go ahead and order the kit you suggested from dark ice designs basically the sheddist kit everyone was buying, going to fit in in the week coming hopefully as you say it should sort the problem out had a quick look at the kit when it arrived definitely looks a lot more reliable that the original one, it's probably a simple case that there is air trapped in the original slave cuclinder as it's sealed and like you said with the sheddist kit you can fully bleed the system, hopefully all goes well it's been months of annoyances haha
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