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    Clutch low bite point and now cannot select gears

    Since getting the vr6 back on the road the pedal has never felt normal, only having pressure halfway down and a low bite point, have managed for the last month though.

    Took it down to a pals garage last night and we put a power bleeder on the slave and master which brought the pedal back a bit but this morning i couldn’t select 1st?
    I’ve ordered a slave for £35 from heritage so hoping this fixes the problem as prices for the master are near £200 unless anyone has a link to a better buy?

    Also the pipe which goes from fluid reservoir to master doesn’t look the best but there are no leaks anywhere?

    We did try bleeding it by pumping the clutch pedal to start but it kept wanting to drop to the floor when doing up the bleed nipples?
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    Had this fault on mine (only 2.0 16v)Replacd the clutch master clylinder.Bleeded the system by gravity did not pump the padal.Just fit a clear tube to the nippel crack off and gravity will do the work.
    This is how bleed the brakes and clutch system on mine

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    My bet is on the clutch slave - and it's also the cheaper and easier option to replace - sometimes you won't see it leaking as it collects inside the bell housing.

    The only problem is that if the slave is on it's way out the master won't be far behind, so it's often a good idea to do both at the same time if they are original ones.
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    Clutch fork bent?
    Just like a golf................But better!!!

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    I’ve ordered a slave from heritage as the masters are for left hand drive cars but fit apparantly? hopefully the slave fixes it..

    So i need to look under the clutch pedal for a bent clutch fork correct?

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    Nah the clutch fork is within the gearbox/clutch area, quite hard to check
    Just like a golf................But better!!!

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    When the slave seals go you'll find a puddle of fluid under the car

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    Only when it dies completely - before that you will get difficulties getting into gear, slow pedal return or "jump" to at rest or pedal to the floor. They can show all these symptoms with no visible signs of leaking until you take it out - I had one where the rubber boot on the push rod was leaking very slightly.

    It's easy enough to replace the slave anyway and they are not that expensive, being a thankfully common part.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fendervg View Post
    Only when it dies completely - before that you will get difficulties getting into gear, slow pedal return or "jump" to at rest or pedal to the floor. They can show all these symptoms with no visible signs of leaking until you take it out - I had one where the rubber boot on the push rod was leaking very slightly.

    It's easy enough to replace the slave anyway and they are not that expensive, being a thankfully common part.
    For sure. You use the thing enough, you want it to feel good, and not do damage to the clutch, so a new slave cylinder is a good idea. I bleed the clutch with a large syringe and hose, and pull fluid from both the master and slave, only pumping the pedal a few times between pulls. Seems to have worked the best for me.
    Last edited by a_riot; 8th March 2019 at 6:22 PM.

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    Had the slave delivered but also ordered a master and the hose form the reservoir, hopefully this will sort it

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