One, you needn't "prime the carburetor" because it doesn't have an
accelerator pump, so pressing the gas pedal with the engine off does
Two, that clutch fluid had to have gone somewhere. Methinks you will be
rebuilding or replacing the master, slave, or both, in the near future. If
you're lucky it might just be the flexible hose -- better check it out
before you suddenly lose the clutch completely.
Have fun with your new B!
on 6/22/01 11:27 AM, Aeseeyou@aol.com wrote:
> Hi ,,,,,,
>...I started to notice that once in a while the transmission would
> sound like it was losing syncro from 2nd into third gear. Also going into
> reverse became a real challenge. Finally it (the clutch or tranny) just
> locked itself up so it wouldn't shift at all with the motor running.
>...I somehow narrowed it down to either
> contaminated fluid in the slave cylinder/clutch reservoir or the syncro is
> gone altogether. Great, just Grrreat! Using all my mechanical skills I parked
> the "B" and started to talk nice to it asking it to please behave.I also
> checked the fluid reservoir tucked up behind the brake servo unit, the clutch
> reservoir was indeed in need of fluid. Lots of it! And after I topped it off
> I made sure that the system was devoid of any air or foamy bubbles . I then
> checked the oil level in the tranny to make sure there was enough. Everything
> seemed to be A-OK!
>...I used my own starting mojo. 1st
> Check oil & water levels (1.) Key on; (2.) Let fuel pump click awhile; (3.)
> Turn engine over couple of turns (4.) press gas pedal 1/4 way down then
> relese -or- enough to prime the carb..Then (5.) It should start as soon as
> you turn the key. Never let the cars starter just keep turning the engine
> over and over. ( I never let starter turn over for more than 5 seconds! If so
> there's something wrong) Anyway, As soon as I went to shift the car it
> felt...newer, not as loose as before. Hmmmm. And the grinding had all but
> disappeared (except when I forget that reverse isn't 2nd or vice -a- versa)!
> Any all I can ascertain is that over the period "it" sat awaiting "it's"
> Prince in shining armor ....Me! It lost a lot of hydraulic (Brake) fluid and
> started to suck air into the lines when I drove it and pushed in the clutch
> to shift. The only time it makes that awful >>GRAWKRRRKK<< noise is if I try
> to go into 3rd to fast without completely missing the gates.
> G'day...Albert Escalante 1978 MGB; 1977 XJ-6L; 1957 3.4 litre saloon
'66 MGB GHN3L76149
If you're near Mountain View, CA,
it's the red one with the silver bootlid.
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