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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 14-06-2017, 20:21 Thread Starter
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Clutch release arm stiff

Any tips or trick on making the clutch are move freely.. think mine has become so stiff that its killed the new master cylinder seals in less then 2 yrs (most of that time car has been stood)

will replace the seals over the weekend - but i really want to sort out the arm so it doesn't happen again.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 14-06-2017, 21:04
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You need to get it sorted as soon as possible.

When mine went tight the thrust bearing overheated and melted!

Start by squirting penetrating oil where the shaft enters the clutch housing.

Do this untill the arm feels free to move by hand. Disconnect the clutch cylinder to make sure arm is free to move, but re-connect to work in new oil Access through the top, or through the nearside wheel arch after removing the wheel. Use good oil, not WD40!

Keep working the clutch after each liberal spraying.

This should eventually work the arm loose.

Then drop in some fine lubricating oil, such as 3-in-one, again work it in.

Finally use lithium grease spray and try and work that in. Clean up any excess when finished.

Keep an eye on it for a few months to make sure it does not tighten back up, and repeat above if it does.

Then every six months or so, re-lube it with spray lithium grease and clean away excess.

Alternative is to remove gearbox and remove arm and replace with modified arm, or clean up and grease old arm.

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cheers.. guess its going to be a good weekend to work on the car
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 19-06-2017, 17:52
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I took the slave cylinder off and worked at it from the top. I got a pipe with a bore just large enough to slide over the arm. If the pipe is a little small, squeeze the first few inches in a vice till it slides on. you need a nice snug fit. then put a slight bend in the pipe so you have a bit of movement to and fro, and do the lube as mensioned.
I did mine with no probs at all and I just get under there now and again to re-lube it.
It was in this state when I found it in a workshop where the owner at the time told them to stop work on it as they were going to take the box out. Its a near emaculate one owner abingdon and I got it for 150.
So free it off and enjoy!
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