lazy clutch

  1. bennie

    bennie Enthusiast

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    Hello, after a couple of months a new issue popped out, the clutch pedal suddenly became loose.
    when i start the engine the 4 jumps in the selected gear and the clutch doesn't seem to work.
    i've checked the cable and seems to be still there and unbroken, everything works, i cannot change the gear while driving.

    what could it be?

    the service belt broke again (was produced in china, huh), but i don't think it has anything to do with it, i'll put a new one tomorrow.

    symptom is a loose clutch pedal and i'm not able to change the gear.

    wish you all a good afternoon and thank you for any tips.
     
  2. harbourseal

    harbourseal Renault R4 Lunatic

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    Location:
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    Have you checked the cable?
     
  3. bennie

    bennie Enthusiast

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    Yes, it seems still ok.
    If i push the pedal, the cable somehow "moves" inside the hood, but without any action on the clutch.
    I'm no mechanic i have to say, i'm just presuming..
     
  4. harbourseal

    harbourseal Renault R4 Lunatic

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    Location:
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    If you look under the bonnet you can see the clutch cable come out of the big black box that is attached to the bulkhead.

    On a LHD car the cable runs somewhat next to the left of the steering axle towards the left side of the gearbox. It hooks into a bracket and from there the cable itself hooks into a lever that pushes against the clutch bearing.
    If the cable broke it is probably not attached to the lever anymore.
    Maybe it broke somewhere inside the guide cable. Then if you pull it either at the end of the clutch paddle or at the side of the gearbox it will come out easily whilst you pull

    This is probably the best case scenario.

    In short follow the cable from the bulkhead to the bracket on the gearbox and find out if it still attaches to the lever.

    If not attached, re attache it or buy another cable and put it back on using a Haynes to guide you.

    If the above isn’t the case please feel free to ask for help again.

    Regards, Robert
     
  5. bennie

    bennie Enthusiast

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    Location:
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    Thank you Rob!
    Tomorrow morning with some light I'll check better.

    All I can add by now is that I managed to change gear while the car was stopped (1st gear and reverse worked fine), but did not manage to do it while driving (the night the clutch broke).
    It feels like the clutch pedal has no real effect on the clutch itself.
    I really hope I'll manage to fix it soon (and without too much money, too).
     
  6. mr-reno-139

    mr-reno-139 AKA Paul Cunningham

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    Almost certainly the engine mounting support bracket over the top of the starter motor will be missing this causes failure of the clutch arm support bracket I'm sure if you search further in the forum you will find more information I will try and reply in more detail if I get time later
     
  7. mr-reno-139

    mr-reno-139 AKA Paul Cunningham

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    This problem only affects right hand drive cars as the clutch cable operates in a different position on left hand drive cars
     
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