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    Hi, I have checked the cable / connecting rod and free travel but still the clutch will not release to allow me to fet into or change gears with the engine running.
    Is this a worn out "Release Bearing"?
    Thanks Geoff

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    I expect you can still feel pressure when you depress the clutch pedal, and that the car has been sitting idle for some time. Sometimes the clutch plate will become rusted/stuck to the flywheel and so not release. Try putting the car in 4th gear, handbrake on, brake on, depress the clutch pedal, and operate the starter. This will normally break the clutch plate from being stuck to the flywheel and/or pressure plate.
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    Or a bent clutch fork.
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    Humbly suggest you move the seat forward a tad. Your legs might be a bit short.
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    Apart from the jocules I'd go with Alan. I do this from time to time with my 4CV. In reverse, foot on clutch, other foot firmly on brake (no NOT neglect this step....) and kick it over. Usually, with a bit of a snapping noise, it will free up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Exfrogger View Post
    Or a bent clutch fork.
    Well, possible I suppose..... Eek.

    I'm pondering a trip north with a bonnet on top of a Scenic later in April. Let me know if anything else needs transporting from Perth or Adelaide.
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    I liked the jocules! Plus one on the rusted plate

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    There's also the less likely cause being a cracked pressure plate but I too prefer the answer on post #4
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    Well worth checking all of the above.
    Another possibility is a damaged or flexing cable retaining bracket situated mid floor underneath
    where the rod and cable section meet.
    The floor can also flex and crack up around the bracket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve K View Post
    Well worth checking all of the above.
    Another possibility is a damaged or flexing cable retaining bracket situated mid floor underneath
    where the rod and cable section meet.
    The floor can also flex and crack up around the bracket.
    That's a good point. I have had one of those brackets permanently in the car since about 1975...… I think they are still available as a spare part from some of the French suppliers.

    So yes, lie under the car while someone presses the clutch pedal and check that the release fork is actually pulled by the cable.
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    Cheers John,

    I have someone contemplating going to Perth with a trailer in the not too distant future and with some inducements he maybe happy to transport the bonet. Do feel free to enjoy a layover, with or without said bonnet, at Cassa Exfrogger in your travels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Exfrogger View Post
    Cheers John, I have someone contemplating going to Perth with a trailer in the not too distant future and with some inducements he maybe happy to transport the bonet. Do feel free to enjoy a layover, with or without said bonnet, at Cassa Exfrogger in your travels. P
    Sounds good!
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    i have had 2 r10's crack the floor mount under the rear seat that did the exact same thing , welded a large washer onto the inside of the floor and re bolted the bracket under the floor and all good again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff1021 View Post
    Hi, I have checked the cable / connecting rod and free travel but still the clutch will not release to allow me to fet into or change gears with the engine running.
    Is this a worn out "Release Bearing"?
    Thanks Geoff
    This used to happen with my Floride, and ocassionally with my 4cv, if the car is sitting for some time, it sticks, with the Floride because I have a steep driveway, I used to put it in 2nd Gear, and run the car out and then take my foot of the clutch and boom, off she would go.
    Hope this is helpful, may not be your problem, but maybe worth a try.

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    Hi,
    I'm coming in on this a bit late - hope your problem is sorted.
    I too would endorse Alan's thoughts - I had the same problem with a Cit Light 15 way back, and the guru of all things Traction at the time suggested the same thing. I tried it and it work fine, although it took more than a mile to separate. I had the car in 2nd, clutch pedal depressed, and cranking the engine with the starter. The bang on release was truly frightening but no long term damage. To avoid this happening next time you think you might be leaving the car idle for a while its a good idea to maybe put a hefty brick on the clutch pedal. Worked for me with the Cit more than once.
    Ron

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron from sa View Post
    Hi,
    I'm coming in on this a bit late - hope your problem is sorted.
    I too would endorse Alan's thoughts - I had the same problem with a Cit Light 15 way back, and the guru of all things Traction at the time suggested the same thing. I tried it and it work fine, although it took more than a mile to separate. I had the car in 2nd, clutch pedal depressed, and cranking the engine with the starter. The bang on release was truly frightening but no long term damage. To avoid this happening next time you think you might be leaving the car idle for a while its a good idea to maybe put a hefty brick on the clutch pedal. Worked for me with the Cit more than once. Ron
    Yes, it can be a strong bang!! I do my 4CV every couple of weeks if it isn't driven, in reverse, the lowest gear, with the brake pedal firmly depressed! Yes, I know, I should have replaced the driven plate last time the engine was out.....
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