300tdi slave cylinder BEWARE
Following my misdemeanour with my clutch slave cylinder replacement -
thankyou those of you that offered help - the sad fact is that this
apparently benign activity CAN result in splitting the gearbox / engine
The post that the release arm sits on will come away from the bellhousing
remarkably easily and cannot be put back without opening the bellhousing. I
could not believe this either but it was confirmed by two of my local LR
dealerships, it has happened in the past to each of them.
To reduce the chance of this happening, remove the two bolts from the slave
cylinder to bellhousing and whilst supporting the body of the cylinder have
someone put their foot slowly on the clutch pedal to eject the pushrod from
the slave cylinder. Once you can get hold of the pushrod, slide the cylinder
right off. The problem occurs if you simply pull the cylinder away from the
bellhousing; because the dust cap "grips" the pushrod it effectively also
pulls the release arm away from its pivot post, with the danger it actually
comes off. At the very least, you risk detaching the pushrod from the
release arm, not quite as disastrous but still to be avoided!!
Hopefully this will stop others from suffering the frustration that I have
just experienced. One other note, if you are splitting the g'box from the
engine for some other reason, consider modifying the pivot fixing into the
bellhousing; I have now tapped an M4 grub screw into the side of the pivot
pin to make it very difficult to come out in an unplanned manner.
Take care, Dave