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Old 13-01-2010, 02:32 PM   #1
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Question ABS cause of Clutch problem?

Hi All,

My first post on this forum - I'm glad you are out there

Yesterday I was out in the lovely cool rain in my V6 BA hardtop when I found myself in a hard braking situation which engaged the ABS for the first time in a long time.

As I arrived at work I found the clutch to be getting soft or "light on" and eventually The pedal just stayed on the floor and I couldn't change gear.

In the arvo the clutch seemed OK for the first few applications but it again started getting soft and I just manged to get 3rd gear before the pedal stayed down.

I managed to get to a garage, pulled the lever into the Neutral and coasted into the carpark of my local ABS workshop just on closing time. Phew!

There is no evidence of hydraulic leakage and the reservoir is still full, yet it seems that I have got air in the clutch hydraulics.

Does anyone know if activating the ABS can cause problems with the Clutch? It just seems to me to be an awfully big coincidence that the clutch should give out just after the ABS has been activated for the first time in a long while.

Any thoughts

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Old 13-01-2010, 02:43 PM   #2
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in the BA is the brake fluid & clutch fluid in the same bottle??? maybe with the heat it could over heated...
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Old 13-01-2010, 03:48 PM   #3
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in the BA is the brake fluid & clutch fluid in the same bottle??? maybe with the heat it could over heated...
good point! yes its the same plastic bottle being shared by clutch and brakes
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Old 13-01-2010, 09:59 PM   #4
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what heat?

yeah it's the same reseviour, but both the brake and the cluth have different slaves.

it would be very hard to see any leaks after driving in the rain. no mechanic is that good.
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Old 14-01-2010, 01:59 PM   #5
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Hi All,

Turns out that the Master Cylinder had failed and was leaking fluid inside the firewall. The boot on the slave cylinder was also knackered and I've been advised (told) that I'm getting a new Slave put in as well.

And what does all this cost?
Stuff knows - I'm guessing around $600 parts & labour - they are going to ring me soon.

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shouldnt cost that much...id say $300 for the parts and maybe $100-$150 for the labour..
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Old 14-01-2010, 10:29 PM   #7
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$150 = $65 for part and 1 hour labour. recently replaced same part in bro-in-laws ba.

dunno what the boot is worth tho...

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