Clutch Hose Syndrome, GearstickDoesnotSelfCenter
Red Clutch Hose
Known as red clutch hose syndrome, if you have problems engaging gears
when the weather gets hot then read on.
Earlier cars had an problemwith the clutch hydraulic hose. It was made
from a red plastic (hence the name) which tends to soften when the weather
is hot and the car's cooling system is getting hot. The hose is routed
close to the rad pipes in the chassis side members, when these get
significantly hot (usually in hot weather and standing traffic) the hose
softens and when you press the clutch pedal the hose expands instead of
the clutch slave cylinder (bolted onto the gearbox).
How do I tell if I have a red hose fitted instead of the later braided
steel hose ?, this picture
shows a car fitted with the braided steel hose, A points to the brake
master cyliner and B points to the braided steel clutch hose, if your car
doesn't look like this and B points to a red plastic hose like this,
then you have the dreaded red hose fitted.
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