2.0 Bluehdi clutch issue

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David_s
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2.0 Bluehdi clutch issue

Post by David_s »

Hi all,

Over the weekend the clutch went very suddenly on my C4 Picasso 2.0 Bluehdi. I noticed the top part of the travel of the clutch became redundant and within a few miles the biting point got lower and lower until I could no longer select a gear. Unfortunately we were on holiday and I just about got it in to 1st gear as we entered a wildlife park which was 20 miles away from where we were staying which became a complete PITA in it's own right! Anyway I've had the car recovered to a city that's about 40 miles away from me so not too bad.

The company think it's the clutch pipes as they seem blocked and are corroded but are quoting £504 to replace, apparently they are difficult to change. They also advised changing the master/slave cylinder (not sure which or both) and quoted around £200. Does all this sound about right?

Infuriatingly I have a warranty on this car and it is the top level of warranty that also includes wear and tear so naturally as this is a clear failure of the clutch I expected to be covered but apparently pipes aren't covered so they will pay the £200 but not the £504. Furious is an understatement.

Does anyone have any advice? I'm going to have to trust the garage and get it done as I can't take it anywhere else (they seem like decent people to be fair) but really not happy that having paid to have a comprehensive warranty I'm not covered for this.

Car is 6 years old and has covered 57k for reference so on that note I'm surprised these pipes have corroded.

Thank you in advance.
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Re: 2.0 Bluehdi clutch issue

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It's most likely the master cylinder, a common failure on these. If the pipes are not leaking then I would leave them alone!
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Re: 2.0 Bluehdi clutch issue

Post by David_s »

I've just called the repairer, they're saying that the pipes are corroded where it connects to the master cylinder and they will break when they change the master cylinder.

Feels like I'm backed in to a corner with my pants down to be honest.
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Re: 2.0 Bluehdi clutch issue

Post by Gibbo2286 »

As Richard has said it's most likely the master cylinder, if the pipes or the slave cylinder have failed you will have lost the fluid, with a failed master cylinder the fluid just gets past the seals but not out of the system.
A decent mechanic would fit a new set of seals before spending a fortune on cylinders, pipes, etc.
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Re: 2.0 Bluehdi clutch issue

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I imagine the master cyl is plastic with 'no user serviceable parts inside'....
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