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Jaguar Mk2 in the workshop

This rather nice Jaguar Mk2 2.4 was dropped off today for a bit of work. The main problem is that, having sat for a while, the clutch is stuck to the flywheel. When I first was called about the problem I suggested the basics, run the car up to temperature and, with the clutch pedal down, push it into first or reverse - not pretty but it's worked for me in the past. Needless to say, what with its arrival, that didn't work out. After Dynamo had given it a once over I thought I'd try my own medicine, got it nice and warm but it wasn't playing ball. I put it up on jack stands and saw that it might be possible to give the back of the pressure plate a whack with a drift so gave that a go but it didn't help. With it up in the air I could fire it up in gear and tried jamming the brakes on but again no joy. The last thing I wanted to do, for my and the customer's sake, was take the engine out, so again I ran it till it was warmed up and used a hot air gun through the bell-housing inspection hole to add a little spice to the situation - not too much, just a pinch. I then had lunch, walked the dog, put it back on the ground and gave it one last go - fire up, foot on the clutch, jam it into reverse and, wait for it, it worked. Now all I have to do is fix the misfire and stop the coolant leaks - the hose clamps are poor quality so I'll put some Jubilees on.

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