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Have an intermittent issue when driving

When depressing clutch pedal sometimes goes soft and I am unable to either get out of gear on in gear.

Does the Corsa have a hydraulic clutch system

Looking around on internet not giving me much help apart from clutch spring which I don't think it is
 

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Yes-definitely hydraulic. The brake fluid reservoir serves both the braking circuit as well as the clutch. Sounds to me as though you may have some air in the system and it could do with being bled. The clutch has its own bleed nipple. Good luck!
 

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Mmm hadn't thought of that one. Oh dear not a good start to the year for you-vehicle wise. I recollect some Fiats I ran had the slave cylinder on top of the bell
housing so reasonably straightforward to get at!
 

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What was the problem in the end, and who did the work? I remember the days when you could go into Halfords and buy a set of brake or clutch cylinder repair kits containing all the seals and washers necessary - Lockheed if I remember correctly.
 

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What was the problem in the end, and who did the work? I remember the days when you could go into Halfords and buy a set of brake or clutch cylinder repair kits containing all the seals and washers necessary - Lockheed if I remember correctly.
Clutch slave cylinder was leaking so had air in system and losing clutch pedal so unable to select gears although issue was intermittent but ultimately if left would get worse over time. Fortunately clutch was not contaminated otherwise that would have had to be replaced

This is not a servicable part so new unit cost me £200

Had it done at dealers charged 6 hours labour in total take/put gearbox in/out. Get 1 year guarantee for the repair/part

Had to take it back as found a bracket not fitted which turned out to be the reverse switch bracket which they fitted the same day and gave me a free MOT as a means of compensation

Luckily as in VX sevice club got discount othwerwise bill would have been over £1k
 

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Hi there,

I thought I'd jump on this post and am really hoping people will still check responses.

I have a 2015 corsa. I haven't even paid it off and it's caused me so much hassle.

Anyway; the issue is also that intermittently I can't put the car into gear. Turning the engine off - I can. So sadly not a mere gear linkage issue.

I'm not knowledgeable about cars so have been reading loads, speaking to my garage/other peeps/a mechanic.

At my garage the issue didnt show up. Car is with a mechanic and when driving it around it hasn't happened with him either.

I guess my questions are the following:

My garage, to cover all bases, suggested the following repairs:
Clutch kit
Concentric slave cylinder
Master slave cylinder
Gearbox oil

With labour this is well over a grand so my heart sank.

1. If I were to go for a new master slave cylinder (as this is the most popular guess for the cause), if the fault continues- would it have been worth doing all of the above in the first place? What I mean is; if the garage were to have to address the other three elements, would that mean having to open things up to such a degree again that it would cost me even more in future? Or are the components somewhat separate and can be replaced in isolation to each other? I hope that makes sense.

2. Would it be worth to just try bleeding the clutch first?

Thanks peeps. Charity working single female here. Every penny I can save helps.
 

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have you a breakdown recovery... try them for a second opinion, i have no real idea, but generally anything clutch gearbox etc, best to do the lot in one go, as its a job to take it all out again, most of the cost is invariably labour.

Is it a garage you have used before, or have recommendations from, as some will chance their arm... hopefully they are trustworthy, if you have any doubts ask the to keep the old parts so you can see them

good luck
 

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Suggest you take car to clutch/gearbox specialist for second opinion

The course of action suggested by the garage would probably solve the issue but I suspect the garage is covering all bases and is overkill in my opinion
 

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Hi just Joined have a 2015 corsa sri and was driving down south yesterday pulled of the motorway after Driving for 4 hrs depressed the clutch pedal and no pressure in the pedal tried putting into gear and nothing sat 15 mins tried again and went into gear could the fluid be cooked. coming home later that night had to pump after coming of the motorway to get gears.
any suggestions.
 

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Hi there,

I thought I'd jump on this post and am really hoping people will still check responses.

I have a 2015 corsa. I haven't even paid it off and it's caused me so much hassle.

Anyway; the issue is also that intermittently I can't put the car into gear. Turning the engine off - I can. So sadly not a mere gear linkage issue.

I'm not knowledgeable about cars so have been reading loads, speaking to my garage/other peeps/a mechanic.

At my garage the issue didnt show up. Car is with a mechanic and when driving it around it hasn't happened with him either.

I guess my questions are the following:

My garage, to cover all bases, suggested the following repairs:
Clutch kit
Concentric slave cylinder
Master slave cylinder
Gearbox oil

With labour this is well over a grand so my heart sank.

1. If I were to go for a new master slave cylinder (as this is the most popular guess for the cause), if the fault continues- would it have been worth doing all of the above in the first place? What I mean is; if the garage were to have to address the other three elements, would that mean having to open things up to such a degree again that it would cost me even more in future? Or are the components somewhat separate and can be replaced in isolation to each other? I hope that makes sense.

2. Would it be worth to just try bleeding the clutch first?

Thanks peeps. Charity working single female here. Every penny I can save helps.
Problem you will have. Is the concentric slave cylinder is a one shot use. Once fitted it can't be used again. We have tried. So I know it sounds expensive. But it's best to have a 3 part clutch kit fitted. As the cylinder is not cheap.
 
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