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I went to pop out in the Elise on Friday after having it sit for a month or so and couldn't engage any gears with the engine running. It was fine when parked up. I'm assuming some air has crept into the clutch line (which is braided) but will check to see where the fluid has gone. In the meantime, anyone have some pointers for bleeding the clutch please?

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Bled the clutch through, the fluid was very black indicating some perished rubber. Once that was done, I'm able to select gears but will be replacing the slave cylinder tomorrow as it appears it has a

Not teaching granny to suck Bibs, but have you checked the clutch fluid resivour or however you spell it !   Bleeding the clutch is the same as the brakes, just get the mrs to pump the pedal, and run

The simplest way is to do a two-person job - one pumps the pedal, one in the back on the slave cylinder. Remember to keep an eye on the fluid level in the reservoir, don't go below half. Dav

Not teaching granny to suck Bibs, but have you checked the clutch fluid resivour or however you spell it !   Bleeding the clutch is the same as the brakes, just get the mrs to pump the pedal, and run new fluid in as normal. 

But could also be the friction plate just sticking, i would first try and start it in gear , obviously making sure you have nothing in the way of course :P

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Fluid level is fine mate, I've checked that. It's a combined reservoir. I'll have a go with it in gear to see if the friction plate is stuck, thanks :)

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If you want to see if the friction plate is stuck, just put it in gear with the engine off and try rocking it a bit. See if that loosens it up.

Starting with the engine in gear is iffy in my book unless you are in the middle of a salt flat.

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Bled the clutch through, the fluid was very black indicating some perished rubber. Once that was done, I'm able to select gears but will be replacing the slave cylinder tomorrow as it appears it has a very slight leak from the pushrod seal.

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