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Re: URGENT -- need help

I agree with below.  The reason that the fluid is not depleted from reservoir 
is that the master cylinder does not draw from the reservoir until the pedal 
is raised.  Since you mentioned that the clutch is now permanentyl disengaged 
(no power to the wheels) I'd say that the piston has seized in the slave, 
partly compressed.  This all assumes that the fluid is brake fluid leaking 
from the slave.  There is still the possibility that the main problem is the 
link between the slave and the clutch arm.  Not sure on your particular car, 
but in some It is possible, when the clutch gets well worn, the 
slave-to-clutch arm rod can become displaced which holds the clutch slightly 
disengaged.  The fix for that is to reposition the rod back into the clutch 
arm and adjust the length of the rod so it can't happen again.  This could be 
very simple.

On Mon, 29 Jul 1996, treilley_at_BANKMARK@conseco.com (treilley) wrote:
>     Sounds like a faulty clutch slave.  The fluid is probably hydro fluid.
>     Tim NJ 90CQ, 77Spitfire
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>Subject: URGENT -- need help
>Author:  Dan Simoes <dans@ans.net> at Internet
>Date:    7/28/96 4:57 PM
>So much for the fairy tale.
>I came to a stop and clutched in, but the pedal
>didn't come back up.  It had done this once before but 
>I was able to pull the pedal up and thought "weird". 
>Also, I noticed that 5th was notchier than before and 
>made a mental note to change the fluids asap.
>So I remembered that my mechanic said that the vacuum 
>pump on the new engine had not been working at first, 
>so I swapped it out.  Nothing.  Then I found a small 
>vacuum leak and fixed that - nothing.
>Under the car I see some fluid seeping, thinner than 
>oil perhaps, could be tranny fluid.  The gearbox works 
>fine, I can shift and feel the gears engage but the 
>motion does not reach the axles if you know what I mean. 
>It's as if the clutch is in "off" and is stuck there.
>What are the possible culprits here?  I figure odds are 
>slim that he forgot a couple of tranny bolts and that the 
>fluid leaked all out, but I guess it's possible.
>The brake fluid is topped off and the brakes work fine 
>as far as I can tell.
>To make matters worse he's on vacation as of early this AM 
>and won't be back for a week.  Thanks for any help
>you can provide.  I'll check email later this afternoon.
>| Dan |
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