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Old 02-07-15, 08:56 PM   #1
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Hi everyone.

I have the chance of a Vauxhall Corsa ( 1998 ), for pretty much free.. I'm not sure of the engine size, but it sounds small....

However, I went to look at it earlier and it looks a very good but very basic car - ideal for new drivers.

It started fine with a jump start, but I couldn't get any gears at all - its like the clutch pedal wasn't being pressed, but it was. When I turned the engine off and selected a gear, the car lurched forward on the starter so I guess the clutch is fine, just the pedal action.

Has anyone come across this sort of thing before? I would like to get the car going properly as its only done 43K, the inside is mint and the outside isn't bad or an old car.

Many thanks for any input received.

I would have put this on a Corsa forum, but that means signing up, introducing myself blah, blah, blah - this forum is ace.

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Old 02-07-15, 09:06 PM   #2
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It could be that the clutch plate is stuck to the flywheel, this can happen if the car hasn't been used for a while. I had this on an old Ford Anglia, we just rocked it back and forth and eventually it freed itself.
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Hmm, that makes sense.

The car hasn't been used for a year but started extremely easily..

I'll give that a go, I may need to tow the car away if I can't sort this out.
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A old trick that might work is to put the front of the car on axle stands so wheels are off ground. start car in second gear. hold clutch down then keep dabbing the brakes this can often free off a stuck clutch plate
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I have driven a car that wouldn't disengage the clutch, from Sevenoaks to Fareham. This was before the M25 was even started and I had to go through several large towns on the way. I very quickly learned to anticipate traffic slowing down, and how to time approaching traffic lights!. I also found I'd used much less petrol than I usually did for the same journey.
You can get a car going by putting it in first gear and cranking the starter, then with judicious use of the throttle make clutchless gear changes. Not a good driving practice, but it can be done.
On a clear stretch of road try accelerating hard and braking with the clutch pedal pushed down to break the clutch plate grip. I'm assuming you have looked to see if the cable is operating?.

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I have driven a car that wouldn't disengage the clutch, from Sevenoaks to Fareham. This was before the M25 was even started and I had to go through several large towns on the way. I very quickly learned to anticipate traffic slowing down, and how to time approaching traffic lights!. I also found I'd used much less petrol than I usually did for the same journey.
You can get a car going by putting it in first gear and cranking the starter, then with judicious use of the throttle make clutchless gear changes. Not a good driving practice, but it can be done.
On a clear stretch of road try accelerating hard and braking with the clutch pedal pushed down to break the clutch plate grip. I'm assuming you have looked to see if the cable is operating?.

Roger.
I did exactly the same myself when the clutch release lever broke in a Ford escort I had many years ago. Started up in gear at junctions and traffic lights and changed up and down when the revs were right, it's surprising how quickly you get used to it. I had to drive it about 20 miles home like that.
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When I drove Bedford 4 tonners during my stint in the TA I used to change gear without the clutch simply because the clutch pedal was so heavy and found you got a smoother gear change. Increases the clutch lifespan no end but if done incorrectly, significantly reduces the life of the gearbox
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Hi, I've done a days worth of deliveries before all around Dorset/Hants with a van with no clutch - it was an Austin Maestro so I kind of expected it to break....

There are a few suggestions on Gooooogle regarding this, but a tow start is probably the easiest - if the battery was up to speed I would just start it in gear and hope for the best, but the battery also hasn't been used in a year..
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So put a good battery on it. You will need one anyway. I don't think you can see the clutch cover on a Corsa without removing the gearbox. Why oh why did Vauxhall stop using the removable input shaft that made a clutch change a 20 minute job?.
If you can get to it without too much difficulty see if you can get a knife blade between the the cover and driven plate, and between the plate and flywheel.
I had the same problem with a Hillman Imp and a Peugeot 504, I managed to free the Imp clutch by banging it into reverse, the Peugeot required me to get under it and pry a knife blade to free the plate from the cover.
Seeing as it is such a hassle to remove the gearbox I would persist in a bit of brute force and ignorance for a while.

I have driven a few cars without a working clutch, but never mastered smooth gear changes with an old Foden truck with a crash box I helped repair many years ago.

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Corsa B's also have an issue of they undo the clutch cable as you drive,

I had 3 corsa's when i was younger and have got another last year and driving though leeds everyday with it, im sick of adjusting it,

Every 1000 mile i have to pop bonnet and adjust cable nut back up, it has a locking clip but it doesn't work, cable must turn inside outer casing with back of forth movement of pressing pedal

Keep meaning to get another nut same so i can lock 2 nuts together on cable but its a funny thread and keep forgetting to go measure it,
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