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    • Cameron1590
    • By Cameron1590 18th Mar 17, 9:49 AM
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    Fiat Panda Master Cylinder?
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    • 18th Mar 17, 9:49 AM
    Fiat Panda Master Cylinder? 18th Mar 17 at 9:49 AM
    Hi All,

    Well went shopping tonight and jumped in the car to leave and the clutch pedal went straight to the floor. No resistance in it at all.

    Called out the RAC and an hour and half later the patrol turned up and pumped the clutch pedal really hard for five mins and got the resistance back.

    Patrolman thinks it's the master cylinder or slave cylinder.

    Any ideas of what it is and the cost to fix?

    Thanks
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    • facade
    • By facade 18th Mar 17, 10:13 AM
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    • 18th Mar 17, 10:13 AM
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    • 18th Mar 17, 10:13 AM
    Faulty master cylinder (pedal end) , or faulty slave cylinder (gearbox end)

    Needs a replacement, refill with fluid, and bleed the air out.

    I do believe that you are lucky, and the panda is one of the few cars that still use an external slave cylinder, which can be replaced with the gearbox still in the car, so probably an hour to fit either, plus parts.

    At a fiat dealer with genuine parts, probably £500, at an independent, with pattern parts probably £100.

    They can change just the rubber seals, don't waste the money, they leak because there is damage to the metal cylinder, new rubber wont fix it for long.
    I want to go back to The Olden Days, when every single thing that I can think of was better.....

    (except air quality and Medical Science )
    • arcon5
    • By arcon5 18th Mar 17, 11:28 AM
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    • 18th Mar 17, 11:28 AM
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    • 18th Mar 17, 11:28 AM
    Garages wouldn't just replace the seal any way. Would be a 3 piece clutch kit
    • facade
    • By facade 18th Mar 17, 12:27 PM
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    • 18th Mar 17, 12:27 PM
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    • 18th Mar 17, 12:27 PM
    There is just the possibility that the clutch is faulty, but as the patrolman got it working again, we can discount this. (I've had the diaphragm fingers snap, then the clutch won't release, and the slave cylinder moves too far and pops apart)
    I want to go back to The Olden Days, when every single thing that I can think of was better.....

    (except air quality and Medical Science )
    • s b
    • By s b 18th Mar 17, 6:39 PM
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    • 18th Mar 17, 6:39 PM
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    • 18th Mar 17, 6:39 PM
    if you didnt have a problem before you probably have now
    why would a patrol man pump the pedal for 5 minutes?
    would it not have been better to check the fluid level was fine and no leaks then open the bleed nipple on the easy to locate slave cylinder and bleed the system to get you home?
    its about £35 for a new slave cylinder from my factors last time i bought one for a punto (basically the same) and its a 20 minute job to fit and another 20 to bleed
    if its the master cylinder at fault it usually manifests itself by leaving the pedal on the floor

    no wonder i recover myself if the need arrives
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