Punto 55s (MK1) Clutch Problem

I recently bought my punto from a local dealer, and typical to most things its developed a clucth problem as soon as the warranty runs out.
The problem is its very difficult to get it into 1st and reverse, checking
the clutch travel I found the travel to be around 175mm, Mr hanes said it should be 140mm. Adjust the clutch I thought; I have the hydraulically operated mechanism that Mr Haynes said cannot be adjusted.
Is there any way the clutch can be adjusted or does this mean I may have to invest in a new one?
Thanks Guys and Girls
Gareth,
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Was it there when you bought it, or did it suddenly develop. Getting into first problem is not uncommon and can be gearbox rather than clutch. The clutch only separates the engine from the gearbox, which if it travels freely (that is, the operating shaft isn't binding or the clutch release bearing noisy and knackered) it either does or it doesn't. Replacing the clutch might not fix it, and it's not a cheap job.

But there should be a bleed screw on the back end of the actuating cylinder? Depending on the age of the car the fluid might also be like brown Oxtail soup, not uncommon with s/h cars that have never had the clutch or brake fluid changed since it left the factory. Also check the engine mounts, and that it has not had a major shunt. I once had this problem where the engine gearbox assembly were out of place in the engine compartment. It only affected first and reverse, other gears were fine, just had to take off in 2nd and park in supermarket bays where you could drive out forward.
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