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>1. The hydraulic clutch loses fluid but I can't find the leak. If I
>don't top it up with fluid every 3 weeks or so the gears start
>crunching and eventually I get a completely slack pedal (as soon as I
>do top it up, the clutch returns to normal). It's all very peculiar -
>I've had the slave and the master cylinder replaced but the problem
>remains. It's cheap enough to keep topping it up, I suppose, but I was
>wondering if this was a common fault and if someone might know the
The clutch system should be fitted with a damper unit which is a metal
disc shaped device that the fluid passes through on the way to the
slave cylinder. It is bolted to the bracket with the slave cylinder you
can't miss it. These will loose fluid slowly like you describe. Only
cure is to replace or remove from circuit ( you will need to mess with
pipes if you want to remove it) It is s'posed to stop the pedal from
pulsing from the effect of the clutch fingers on the release bearing
when the clutch is pressed. So not really needed.
>2. The ignition switch has now started playing up and has recently
>started cutting the engine out whilst the car is on the road - which is
>a bit hairy! Initially, the car intermittently wouldn't start and I
>narrowed the problem down to the ignition switch. I took the switch
>apart and cleaned it and that cured it for a short while, but now the 2
>parts of the switch unit won't nip together properly and I have to
>gently wiggle the whole unit as I start the car, or it just cuts out.
>Again, is this a common fault and is there a simple cure or do I have
>to buy a new ignition switch? (If so, I'd appreciate any tips on decent
Not really a common problem.
Fit a new one.