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MG MGF Technical - Clutch Slave Cylinder

Hi Guys
Pulled the car out of the garage this morning and found a nice pool of fluid on the floor. Turns out to be the Slave Cylinder. Question is, Is this an easy DIY job and if so, any instructions or directions to a site to tell us how to fix it??
All replies gratefully received. Thanks
Sallie. P.S It's a '96 F
Sallie

I'm sure that one of the guys will be along soon to comment on this, but sadly, I've not got any direct experience so can't shed any light for you. I'd imagine that it is DIY-able, but it is a question of access...
Rob Bell

Sallie, from the Workshop Manual CD


CLUTCH SLAVE CYLINDER
Service repair no - 33.35.01
Remove
1. Remove engine cover. See ENGINE, Repairs.
2. Remove clevis pin from slave cylinder.
CAUTION: Do not allow brake fluid to contact paint finished surfaces as paint may be damaged. If spilled, remove fluid and clean area with clean warm water.
3. Release pipe union from slave cylinder and position aside.
CAUTION: Plug the connections.
4. Remove 2 bolts securing slave cylinder to bracket and remove slave cylinder.
Refit
1. Fit slave cylinder and tighten bolts to 25 Nm.
2. Position pipe and tighten union to 18 Nm.
3. Position cylinder rod to lever and secure with
clevis pin.
4. Bleed clutch. See Adjustments.
5. Fit engine cover. See ENGINE, Repairs.
JohnP




CLUTCH - BLEED
Service repair no - 33.15.01
CAUTION: Do not allow brake fluid to contact paint finished surfaces as paint may be damaged. If spilled, remove fluid and clean area with clean warm water.
CAUTION: Ensure master cylinder is topped up at frequent intervals. Use only NEW fluid.
1. Open bonnet.
2. Open luggage compartment.
3. Remove engine compartment access panel.
See BODY, Exterior fittings.
4. Position cloth around master cylinder to catch
spillage.
5. Clean area around master cylinder pipe union.
6. Depress clutch pedal to floor and hold.
7. Loosen master cylinder pipe union and allow air and fluid to escape.
8. Tighten pipe union.
9. Return clutch pedal to released position.
10. Repeat process until bubble free fluid emerges and tighten union to 18 Nm.
11. Clean area around slave cylinder bleed nipple.
12. Position bleed bottle and connect hose to bleed nipple.
13. Depress clutch pedal to floor and hold.
14. Loosen bleed nipple and allow air and fluid to escape.
15. Tighten nipple.
16. Return clutch pedal to released position.
17. Repeat process until bubble free fluid emerges.
18. Depress clutch pedal to floor and hold.
19. Open bleed nipple and by hand, pull clutch lever to fully released position.
20. Tighten nipple to 7 Nm.
21. Return clutch pedal to released position.
22. Remove bleed bottle.
23. Top up master cylinder.
24. Fit engine compartment access cover. See BODY, Exterior fittings.
JohnP

Well no tell tale puddle of fluid, but I can't engage
gears the fluid level in the master cylinder is less than half so it's time to get the hands dirty and hope it's a cheap fix.
Andrew Regens

Check that the clutch actuating arm hasn't seized in the gearbox casing, this is very common on older cars and can cause the slave to fail prematurly. Fixing ain't so easy as it is a gear box out job.
Mike.
mike

Not a cheap fix, the slave cylinder has packed up and so has the clutch, this car has not been a cheap experiance BUT when she is going it's FUN FUN FUN....
Andrew Regens

Hey Andrew, Today I rang the place in Mitcham (repair shop) and I spoke to the mechanic there about a price for a clutch job and I mentioned that you recommended him.
He was happy to hear that and said he was actually woring on your car at that very moment. He said his hands are full of grease from your car and for me to call back tomorrow.

Now thats a coincedence.!

I hope your repairs don't hurt your pocket too much.
Will ring him back tomorrow to have a chat with him about my clutch and ride height.

He said it will only cost about $88 for a level adjust and wheel alignment. Good price.

If you don't mind me asking you, what sort of dollars are you looking at for your clutch replacement work?

cheers.
Branko
Branko

Branko,
I will find out tomorrow, they are also doing a few other bits including stainless brake hoses and a Mike Satur valve saving kit.
Andrew
Andrew Regens

Branko,
The clutch kit, master cylinder assembly, slave cylinder kit, machine flywheel and fitting approx $1100. What a difference !.
Regards
Andrew
Andrew Regens

Andrew, thanks for that info.
Will keep it in mind when I get to do my clutch.
Looks like the clutch cylinders are all OK. No leaking at all and got he wife to press the clutch pedal and the plunger on the master Cyl. goes in and out. But it did squeek somewhat. Needs a lube done.

Sallie,
Did you sort out your clutch fluid leak?
Will it be a DIY or PIY (Pay It Yourself) ?


cheers.
Branko

Hi Branko
Husband fitted new cylinder with no problem. Took about 40 mins. Quite easy to get to once top is off. Part cost 50 from local autopart shop. Non MG as that probably would have cost twice as much
Sallie
Sallie

Hi Sallie,

Glad to hear it was all fixed for a reasonable cost.
Lots of satisfaction in being able to do it your selves.

cheers.
Branko

This thread was discussed between 08/02/2005 and 18/02/2005

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