Was driving the Ti today, everything was good, nice sunshine, driving
nicely and as I was approaching the lights I decided to downshift to third
gear, clutch down, gear crunched as I attempted to select it. I thought I
hadn't timed my left foot incorrectly, as I decided to step down again,
clutch pedal was down, oh dear. I bend down and brought it up using my
left hand, as the car was still in motion, step on the pedal, down it went
and remained there.
The traffic lights had changed red and I had to stop. Lights changed green
and I managed to select first gear with a tiny crunch, no clutch, pedal on the floor, engine was still running
and there was a kwickfit a few yards to my left and I rolled in there with my
hazard lights on and the car kangarood to a halt as no clutch and engine
stalled as I applied the brakes. My first
fear was that may be the clutch arm on the gearbox had snapped as this has
happened to a few Ti but I observed the arm and it was ok and the
slave was weeping hydraulic fluid. I went and asked the kwikfit guys for
some dot 4 brake fluid and they gave me some for free. The fluid just leaked straight out of the burst slave cylinder seal. I have no breakdown cover as I trust my cars
so I had to go home with no clutch. The kwickfit guys were insisting it was the clutch disk
, I told them no, it is the slave. However, they told me a nice trick which is to select second gear with engine off then start with starter motor. I did that, car kangarood a bit off course, a little pressure on the accelerator and I went on second gear
. Sods law I had to pass a few traffic lights and one was red, I stopped, engine of course stalled. I started her on first gear this time, it started, then rev matched and managed to select second then third without clutch and withougt crunching, adrenaline brought the expertise I guess. I managed to guide her home. I have already removed the slave and will be collecting one for only £31 from unipart. http://www.unipartautomotive.co.uk/Hydraulics/Clutch-Hydraulics/Rover-600-Series-620-2.0-1997/Parts.aspx?SubGroup=HY~Hydraulics~CLUH-HY~Clutch+Hydraulics
Their website says £36 but I phoned the shop and they told me it will cost
me only £30. I get it tomorrow. Here is the Ti' knackered clutch slave,
took me only 15 minutes to remove.
Here is the clutch slave with burst seals.
This took me by surprise, it burst without warning, I check the fluids
weekly and the clutch fluid was ok. The morale of the story is to learn to
shift without using the clutch
it may come useful one day. I am rather impressed that I managed to go up to third gear without crunching with no clutch even though it is a misery to have the clutch hyrdraulics go on you. Starting from a standstill at the lights I just switched off the engine, selected first, then used the starter motor. Car kangarooed but started, people thought I was a learner
Anybody who needs or might need a clutch slave cylinder for the Ti, get it from Unipart as they are selling it for only £30, I was surprised and asked on the phone if that price is for real and they said yes.