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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-19-2017, 12:03 PM Thread Starter
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Fuse Panel Removal Fiasco

Hey everyone, I'm trying to replace the clutch master cylinder (or the clutch pump) as Alfa calls it, but I can't see any feasible way to remove the knee protection/fuse panel. I've gotten the left side and right side hinge screws removed but the right side is held in by pop rivets??? I wish it was easy as the book says "remove panel." Any tips?
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maybe the US version is different but on ours, there is no need to remove the panel or the door or anything fuse related. 3rd pic down is just visible the fuse panel door in the up position and tucked in back, the cylinder

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Chris, the panel really only needs to be removed because it's in the way and reduces your wiggle room to almost zero. You can still see and kind of get to the MC. Thanks for the link to your post though.
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sure, good luck. It's not that bad a job. Or... I'm just a glutton for punishment. ciao, chris

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Tips or replacing 164 clutch master cylinder under dash

Andy I have never removed fuse panel access panel (knees protection panel) to change a clutch master cylinder (m/c) which is called clutch pump in shop manual page 12-4.

AND do STEP ONE by sucking out brake fluid from brake reservoir to level below clutch m/c supply hose pick up fluid port for the clutch master cylinder which is higher than the brake master cylinder two hose ports.

Steps 7-8 on page 12-5 are bogus steps. Cross them out they do not pertain to clutch master cylinder removal.

However, I do remove the driver's seat so I can lay down on my back to work under the dash.


If you do need to remove knees protection panel to do the job, I guess you will have to drill out pop rivets where it attaches to side next to center console panel.

Looks like four screws holding the two hinges under fuse panel area are hidden by fuse panel box and it is in the way to get screwdriver on them. But you say you got those four screws out right?

Do protect the carpet with a fluid proof catch mat to catch fluid.

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