I don't know if this explains it, but let me tell you what happened with
my wife's Magnette (uses a similar shared brake/clutch master cylinder,
perhaps even the same one). Out for a drive, and the clutch feels "low"
(longer stroke to get action). Later that day, I have to pump it in
order to limp home. The brakes are perfect, however
Take off the cap, and the reservoir is low. Top it up, bleed the
clutch, and all is fine.
I haven't dug in to research it, but I suspect that the clutch side
takes fluid from a higher point in the reservoir as a way to make sure
you to check the fluid level before the brakes quit. A fascinating bit
of forethought, if that's the case.
Can anybody else confirm my hypothesis?
P.S. Weird, the first two answers are from a Cotting and a Kotting.
What the heck are the odds of that?
Cliff Kenwood wrote:
> Hello list members:
> I was a member of this list for a few months a couple of years ago, when I
> got my bugeye. Then I started grad school and let the bug sit for a couple
> of years. Now that grad school is behind me, I'm determined to get the
> bugeye up and running. It's good to see that little has changed over the
> past two years. There are some familiar names on the list, and some
> familiar feistiness from the list members.
> Consider this the first of many questions, many of them stupid questions.
> In order to get the clutch to work properly, I have to pump it a few times.
> The brakes seem fine, though. Since there's a shared master cylinder, this
> is confusing to me. Any recommendations?
> Cliff Kenwood
> Baton Rouge, Louisiana