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A couple of weeks ago found increasing difficulty selecting 1st and 2nd gears in my 85 turbo, eventually had to drive home in 3rd. Not used since then due to snow etc. Can get gearlever to go into all positions with engine off but cant select any gears with engine running and clutch depressed, will almost go into reverse but crunches a lot! Checked master cylinder, fluid low so bled and refilled system today with ezebleed kit. Still no change, lots of slack in clutch still, and gears as before. When clutch depressed the slave cylinder piston does move a bit however, but cant get gears to engage.

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See if you can get someone to operate the clutch while you watch the end of the fork that the slave cylinder pushes. How much does it move? How much slack do you have at the slave cylinder?

If you pump the clutch pedal, does it get firmer? If so, it still has air in the system. Are the hose connections tight? Does the hose have a leak? Why was the level low to start with? Have a look under the car for brake fluid.


S4 Elan, Elan +2S, Federal-spec, World Championship Edition S2 Esprit #42, S1 Elise, Excel SE

 

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See if you can get someone to operate the clutch while you watch the end of the fork that the slave cylinder pushes. How much does it move? How much slack do you have at the slave cylinder?

If you pump the clutch pedal, does it get firmer? If so, it still has air in the system. Are the hose connections tight? Does the hose have a leak? Why was the level low to start with? Have a look under the car for brake fluid.

will check the forks out tomorrow, although the pisston itself seems to move 2cm or so, and there didnt seem to be too much slack at the slave cylinder. No obvious leaks from hose, although it is still the red one! however may be a slight leak around the rubber diaphragm through which the slave cylinder piston comes out. Clutch pedal gets firmer the further in it is pushed. As the bleed valve is on the underside of the slave cylinder I suppose there could still be air in the system that wasnt bled out?

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Theres no need for the bleed to be on the underside, its been fitted upside down.

Flip it over and re-bleed. Any fluid coming out that bellows and you've got a leaky cylinder that needs replacing, about


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I agree with Simon. With the bleed nipple on the bottom, the fluid will travel along the bottom of the cylinder and out the nipple while the air stays above.

If flipping the cylinder over and re-bleeding it works, let SWest Lotus know and tell them to be more careful in future.


S4 Elan, Elan +2S, Federal-spec, World Championship Edition S2 Esprit #42, S1 Elise, Excel SE

 

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Have now acquired new slave cylinder from SJ Sportscars and will try fitting that at weekend - with bleed nipple uppermost!

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