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December 2010 Vauxhall Meriva 1.3 TDi - won't go into gear

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December 2010 Vauxhall Meriva 1.3 TDi - won't go into gear - think fluid from clutch going into gear box - does this sound right diagnosis and is it a big, expensive job to Fix
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Vauxhall
Expert:  Robert replied 3 years ago.


Hopefully i can help..

Its a hydraulic clutch release system on these so if the clutch fluid/ which essentially just the same fluid as the brakes use - if fluids leaking or coming out from the bellhousing "it shouldnt be going into the gearbox itself" - then its certainly your slave cylinder thats leaking - on these they use CSC "concentric slave cylinder" which is actually inside the gearbox/bellhousing.that whats disengages the clutch to get into gear when the engines sadly it does require the gearbox to be removed to actually replace the same time they can inspect the clutch too aswell as the DMF,and if required can be replaced at the same time before the gearbox is put back may want to consider that and your garage should actually advise prevent future cost if just the CSC was replaced only for the clutch to go in a few thousand for these going givin the age of the is quite unusual givin the mileage - but at the same time its not really unknown for these slaves to leak or fail suddenly causing a loss in pressure or the pedal just dropping and not just in the meriva model the master cylinder up at the clutch pedal can be common problem too...As for expense sometimes these actually come as complete kit for engine with DMF's.. so you get the friction plate / pressure plate / CSC and can come in at the region of £200-£250 for the kit.. time wise hard to say really depends on the garages ability and if they've done them before its not the best of jobs and can take upto a full working day id say to complete it - aswell as their hourly rate would determine if it going to be expensive..