Yep, my cars just broken down on me. I don't have breakdown cover so i've just taken a stroll home and left the car where it is for now. I'll get it back home tomorrow. Anyway just looking for a little diagnosis.
Taking a right turn, down into 2nd. Depress clutch, into second and let the peddle back up. Problem was the pedal never came back up fully and a metal rattling sound appeared (for a split second i thought cambelt lmao). Quickly pulled over. Increase the revs (probably a bad idea i know) and the rattly noise increases proportionally.
The pedal has lost about 3/4 of its travel but still retains 2-3 inches travel with resistance. Also i've broken a clutch cable before in my old Citroen BX but there was no accompanying(sp) metal rattling noise?
The metallic noise isnt a thunk, quite tinny. Makes a noise like i would imagine the cover plate springs would sound? But i dont know if thats even plausible.
It was pitch black and i dont have a torch, so i couldnt look at the release arm end of the clutch cable.
Sounds like the clutch has collapsed, springs can snap. But not all 4. Tale the cover plate off and inspect.
If it's the cable, that's easy to spot, open the bonnet, take the end of the cable (from the clutch arm) and pull. If it comes off then it's broke, if it doesn't then something's happened to the clutch.
have u had a look under the bonnet? mine done exactly the same, and the linkage where the clutch cable sits into ontop of the gearbox had snapped, some1 told me this can be quite common on vauxhalls. maybe way off the mark but worth a look.
yeah, where the end of the clutch cable links to the gearbox, i duno if they made them all the same but on mine it wasn't just a solid piece of metal, it had a a long almost rectangular hole in the middle, and it snapped across there, surely that hole has no purpose and just reduces its strength.
the mechanic i spoke to said he had seen quite a few go like that. i was gonna change it for a new one till i found out u can't take the linkage off the top, it goes right down through the gearbox housing and needs to be taken apart to get it out, so i welded 2 metal plates on either side of the linkage, and all is fine (touch wood) been welded for about 3 months without problems or cracks appearing in the weld. hope it stays like that.
Originally posted by SimonP You can replace em, but as you said, need to take loads apart, need to take the gearbox off, take off the clamps off for the bracket that the thrust bearing sits on. Plus some other bits and pieces.
You can get the socket in there to undo the bolt securing it without the need for the box to come off.
Mine's been welded,before i got it,a year now and all is fine.