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  1. Col M

    Col M New Member

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    Hello,

    I hope someone can shed some light on this matter.
    I have a problem with my Zafira 2.0 DTi, the other night will parking round the back, the car colided over a roackery area! don't ask how oops!

    Not much physical damage but signs of scraping to the underside front bumper & under carage protection cover.

    The engines fires up, no problem. The clutch pedal feels fine & gears feel they are engaging through gearbox. However the gears are not engaging or the clutch is not releasing as when I release the clutch fully in 1st gear the car will not stall.

    Pumped the clutch a few times no joy.

    Left the car & returned later scratching my head! Noticed a small hydraulic oil leak from the underside of the car, about a foot inside from the passengers front wheel. I will remove the underside carrage protection cover & inspect, I am hoping at best for a damaged hose or pipe associated with the clutch. Before biting the bullit & putting it into a dealer. Clutch prices r ££ & it has been suggested it could be a flywheel associated with the clutch @ around £500! I would like to check before submitting my car to the dealers.

    Is there a separate oil reservoir for the clutch & where would this be, I would like to check & fill up if this is where the leaking oil has come from & test.

    Any Help greatly appreciated. I am not car orientated mechanically, but can certainly check for any damaged hose/pipe & check the clutch oil reservoir & top up if I knew where to look.
    The car guide/manual is as much use as Tits on a Bull!

    Any help greatly appreciated!
    (y)
  2. Dicky

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    I don’t have an intimate knowledge of Vauxhall’s or any other car for that matter and cant help with the location of component parts, but here’s my take on your problem.
    If your clutch fluid were low or had escaped then you wouldn’t be able to disengage the engine drive ie the engine would be permanently connected to the front wheels via whatever gear you had selected in the gearbox.
    If your in gear and the clutch pedal is released then either your clutch plate is worn and slipping or the gearbox is shot or the clutch isn’t engaging or the final drive from the gearbox to the wheels is damaged.
    I doubt very much that your bump would have damaged the gearbox internals and I cant see your clutch suddenly packing up completely either, so that just leaves the clutch not engaging or final drive. Loss of fluid or no fluid at all would leave the engine permanently connected to the drive wheels via the gearbox which would cause the car to lurch when you tried to start it (if in gear). All I can suggest is that you may have bent something underneath which is keeping the clutch permanently disengaged or broken the drive shaft/other from the gearbox output to the front wheels.
    Check underneath for signs of this.
    Best I can do I’m afraid.Hopefully someone with a better knowlege of cars will help soon.Good luck.
  3. Col M

    Col M New Member

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    Thanks Dicky, your help is much appreciated. I will get the boiler suit on, remove the cover underneath & have a good look.

    Cheers.
  4. sundance

    sundance VxON Pond life

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    I take it its clear/yellow fluid (brae fluid) and not red. you may have damaged the pipe into the slave cylinder itself, or the plastic housing that the hose connects to. Or more likely if the fluid is coming out the bellhousing then the slave cylinder will be leaking.
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    sundance VxON Pond life

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    sorry that should read (brake fluid)
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    Col M New Member

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    The fluid was a yellow colour & not red. The cylinder/bell housing are these expensive parts & hard to get at to replace.

    Thanks for the help guys it is much appreciated.
  7. sundance

    sundance VxON Pond life

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    slave cylinder isnt too expensive, but removing the gearbox can be. you might as well go for the clutch kit (Vauxhall price is about £240 + vat) which includes the slave cylinder.
  8. Col M

    Col M New Member

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    Update to all,

    Eventually had a look underneath the car earlier this week & located the leak:

    The hydraulic oil is pink/red & not yellowish as I had previously stated &
    it is dripping down from the drive shaft seal coming from the transmission.
    ( passenger side )

    Gear linkage is fine could physically see the linkage engaging while changing gears.

    The leaking drive shaft oil seal, can this be related to the clutch release cylinder? & is this the same as the clutch slave cylinder.

    At the moment, I am running the Astra & will probably book into garage next month.

    All help & comments appreciated. The drive shaft seal will have to renewed & would like to know if the clutch release cylinder is affected also, or any other scenario's.

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