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Can the clutch biting point be adjusted?

Discussion in 'Land Rover Freelander' started by Zigzagsky, Mar 10, 2014.

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  1. Zigzagsky

    Zigzagsky Member

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    I have a 1.8 petrol hippo which had a clutch change just over a year ago.

    In the last couple of weeks it has started to 'crunch' slightly when changing gear (usually into 2nd or 3rd). Selecting 1st at a standstill seems fine

    The clutch pedal biting point is fairly close to the floor so I am thinking that it probably needs adjusting but I can't quite see how this can be done.

    Or could it be something else?

    Any tips or ideas guys would be appreciated.
     
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    Nodge68 Well-Known Member

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    Classic symptoms of slave cylinder bracket failure. Is the clutch heavy too?
    The clutch isn't adjustable.
     
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    Zigzagsky Member

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    No, the clutch does not feel heavy at all.

    Is it obvious, visually, if the bracket has failed?
     
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    You might be able to see it bending or cracks.

    For the sake of a tenner and half an hours work, I'd change the bracket.
     
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    This. ^^^^
    While you are at it, apply some engine oil to the release arm spindle.
     
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    Thanks guys. Guess I know what I will be doing this weekend now!
     
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    Feck me too!!!
     
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    thequeenscheese Well-Known Member

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    Some old motors had cable clutch mech wich could be I assume there are hydraulic tho
     
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    Oldish 214's had a cable operated clutch.

    Some/most/ALL Gaylanders of the petrol type had a sealed hydraulic set up...
     
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    It's a mid 2003 (last of the pre-facelift) so I assume it's hydraulic.

    Shame I didn't think (or know) of checking for the issue a few weeks back when I had the car up on jacks to replace the VCU. Ah well, we live and learn...
     
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    All Freelander's use hydraulics for the clutch.
    Slave cylinder bracket flex is easy to see. You need a small torch and a helper to push the clutch pedal. Get your helper to push the pedal while you watch the slave cylinder using the torch, it's located under the air filter housing, bolted to the bell housing. I expect you will see it moving about.
     
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