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#1 David_J


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Posted 15 March 2004 - 09:06 AM

Managed to actually drive my hornet at the weekend! Only round the lane at my garage but it was good!
I need reassurance or advice on the clutch though, it takes a good few seconds to engage after the pedal is released as the lever slowly moves back. I’ve rebuilt both the master and the slave cylinders so could it be the new seals dragging? I’ve also put two return springs from the release lever to the slave cylinder but its not helping that much.
Anyone else come across this problem?


#2 Brawlyrox


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Posted 15 March 2004 - 11:43 AM

I had this problem on my mini, we ended up replacing the clutch slace cylinder, as you have rebuilt this maybe it could be the seals dragging..?

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Posted 17 March 2004 - 08:31 PM

i had the same prob with mine, slave cylinder dragging om way back in.

disconnect the slave cylinder from the car and if you can )you may need a big bar) operate teh clutch lever and feel how much force is produced when the lever is released, if it tries to break your rists, then you need a new slave cylinder.
mine was rusted inside so it kept sticking..

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Posted 24 March 2004 - 03:29 PM

Thanks for all the replies!

It turned out to be down to the rubber hose! Now I've replaced that the clutch seems to operate fine (yet to rive it though)

Seems an old rubber hose swells up narrowing the hole through it and causing it to resist the fluid flowing back!


#5 siggy


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Posted 24 March 2004 - 05:22 PM

Also check that the clutch pedal pivot has not started to seize.
You can sometimes tell if it has by psessing either the pedals and see if the other one moves.


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Posted 24 March 2004 - 06:02 PM

That happened to me as well , hose acting like a valve , what confused the situation was the fact that the second hand one i had did the same !

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Posted 24 March 2004 - 06:22 PM

Managed to actually drive my hornet at the weekend!

its a nice feeling to drive a car that you love which has just been stood up for a bit, when you driven her down the road it gives me the kick up the arse to take her out more often

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