Today on my way home something went wrong with my clutch system. Shifted down from 4th to 3rd and the peddle suddenly went soft, and the clutch wouldn't disengage. Ended up limping it to my parents place which was a task on its own.
I popped the hood when I got there, but cant see any visible fluid around the slave where it meets the trans (internal slave). I've had my dad watch the fluid reservoir as I pumped the peddle and the fluid level doesn't move at all. I cant see any puddles on the ground where it might be leaking.
So my question is: Is it the the master cylinder that's gone bad, or the slave cylinder? The slave was bought brand new, has about 3,000 miles on it right now. The master was used, unknown mileage.
car is a 1998 V70R with an M58 swap.
So.... I was driving today... car drove perfectly, I emphasize perfectly. Went into gear nice, engaged perfectly... engine runs perfect etc etc, a normal running 1997 Volvo 850 AWD 5-spd (M58)
Was at a red light and it went green. I didn't quite peel out and boost the hell out of the guy next to me... but I did a harder than normal launch/acceleration. Clutch pedal in, put it in first.... start transitioning out on the clutch pedal and start moving. Get halfway through the intersection and something POPS and the engine is reving high now.... and I'm rolling. It's as IF I'm in neutral, but the car is in 1st gear with the clutch pedal ALL the way out. Thoughts??
I rolled to a stop on the side of the road safely (thankfully)..... I put it in first gear, let up the clutch pedal..... engine revs as if I'm in neutral. All gears are the same (1-5 and R). When I put it in first gear and let up on the clutch pedal, it sounds like marbles/gravel in the transmission. When its not in gear (as per the shift lever) there are no sounds. The shift linkage cables are on and tight and they move the gears on the transmission.
On a downhill, putting it in Reverse and letting up on the clutch pedal.... the car rolls forward as if its in neutral. Seems the transmission is stuck with clutch disengaged from flywheel.....
I recently rebuilt this car..... new R clutch...... new pressure plate..... machined flywheel.... (you're all going to flame me now) reused the throwout bearing. I see alot of guys talking about the TOB failing. Do you think that my TOB failed, causing the springs on the pressure plate to not be able to retract thus permanently dis-engaging the clutch? I hope to God the transmission is fine...... its an M58 and probably near impossible to find from a 1997 AWD 5spd model
Thoughts, Suggestions, ANYTHING please! Another thing to mention, when the tow truck driver lifted the car and put it on an angle...... fluid was leaking out in a steady stream. I just recently put some Redline in it... it did not look to be leaking from the fill/drain plugs..... and it was pretty dark for 2-3 weeks old I hope she's okay ....Where would YOU start??