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MG Midget and Sprite Technical - Clutch slipping
|Yet another clutch issue, seems they're common on here at present!|
I've noticed in my 1979 1500 midget that there is the occasional slip whilst in 4th gear. This has happened 3 times in the last couple of days and once in 3rd gear. The 4th gear slips have been at engines revs approaching 3000 and above; 2 whilst accelerating, 1 cruising. The slip in 3rd was about 3500 revs, under acceleration. I have the standard 4 speed box.
I'm guessing that the clutch plate is on the way out. Are there other possible causes for these symptoms? Is this something that I need to attend to asap? Its rare that I need to travel over 3000 revs in 4th, so can I delay the repair until it becomes more frequent? Funds very tight at present (non-existent, actually) and its not something I can do myself (no engine hoist, no garage; carport with gravel drive only).
I've had the car for 4 years, currently done 120K miles; approx. 40K of those in the last 4 years. Never had any clutch/gearbox issues (other than the occasional grind down-changing from 3rd to 2nd) during that time.
|Yep clutch I'm afraid, if you drive it real easy (especially up hills) you might get a few weeks out of it, they usually just gradually get worse. Always change down very early for any acceleration or hills and try to avoid hill starts.|
|I drive with a slippy clutch but that's due to oil from the rear engine seal which I will fix some day.|
If there is no contamination then you have worn down the lining and it needs replacement. Soonish. Preferably before the flywheel gets scored.
|Dave Squire 1500|
|Just an odd ball outside thought, throw some spaghetti on the wall and see what sticks|
Theres a decent chance of oil on the plate from trans or engine, I doulbt theres any thing to loose with spray rattle can of brake cleaner thur the inspetion grommet
You got a car port ?.. your 1/2 way there...strap some belts from the cieling or ask around, theres lots of people storing china made engine lifts
You can barrow mine, but with a catch... you have to store it for me for free for a year,haha...trust me, some people are more then willing to loan these away for a year or more to free up garage space...you just have to ask around
|Prop and the Blackhole Midget|
|Something which I encountered before but I don't think is relevent to you, but still worth mentioning:|
I had te clutch pedal partially sieze on the pinion shaft. When I released the clutch pedal, this made it slow to return and caused the clutch to slip.
|thanks guys, I was afraid of that. Any idea how long the job should take an experienced MG mechanic?|
Thanks for the offer Prop; if you're willing to pay the freight from Missouri to Australia and back, then I'll happily store your engine lift for a year!
|Sure...if fact ive got a friend thats a nigerian prince... very wealthy, he had to leave his contry during a que da taunt, he can write you a check.on my bealf....hahaha|
A good mechanic thats worked a spridget before start to finish id think 3 hours top of the master mechanics lists, andbprobably 6-8 hours for bottom rung of the food chain ladder
|Prop and the Blackhole Midget|
This thread was discussed between 13/05/2014 and 14/05/2014
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