Most frequently asked questions and answers about the Fiat 124 Spider
The internal workings of a
four-speed transmission with reverse.
Soon you will find on this page more specific tech questions of Spider owners and enthusiasts with
corresponding answers and advice written by experienced 124 Spider experts who carried out most of
the described operations at least once, and in some cases many times.
Tech help and advice on mechanical issues
CLUTCH CABLE - Don Hewitt, Pleasanton - USA
I have an 1981 Fiat 2000 5-speed. Upon depressing the clutch, I heard a noise like a spring
giving way. I tightened the clutch adjustment to the max and it drove great. Then about a week later
the same noise and the clutch would not disengage. It was like the cable stretched.
The cable looks good on either end. The cable is not snapped as I would have expected it to do.
Is there another adjustment for the clutch? Should I just replace the clutch cable?
First urgent advice: don't drive anymore !
Secondly : don't replace the clutch cable only, because the problem is more complex.
Despite the fact that the cable is worn-out, do not solve the problem by just replacing this cable.
The cause of your problem is most presumably imputed to a worn-out or broken withdrawal plate
and/or pressure bearing.
Advice: Completely renew the pressure plate, the withdrawal plate and pressure bearing in
combination with renewal of the (backside) crankshaft seal, the small bearing inside the flywheel and
renew (when you have a slightest doubt about its condition) additionally the throw-out lever.
Just only then also renew the clutch cable.
Preferably mount a clutch set of good quality e.g. brand Valeo, which substantially facilitates
the pedal pressure.
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