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Old 05-02-2013, 01:31 PM   #1
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Clutch pedal to the floor, but still pulls a little and difficult/impossible to shift

With the clutch pedal pushed to the floor, it is very difficult to get into gear. I have to force it. Just this morning I started it on level ground(it was in 1st gear) as I released the e brake it rolled into a parking block. It's darn near impossible to shift. To get home I upshifted w/o the clutch using the rpm's. It has 167,000 miles on the original clutch. The throw-out brg/slave cyl. is 2 years old(replaced about 37000 miles ago). This was my wifes car, and has never been driven remotely hard. The clutch engages good with no slipping. I've searched but couldn't find what I needed. It's raining here today so I haven't looked at it yet. I'll post what I find when I check it out. Any ideas?


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Old 05-02-2013, 05:31 PM   #2
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If the clutch pushes very easily it could there could be a leak like the clutch master cylinder or the slave cylinder. If the pedal is hard to push the pressure plate probably went bad. Sounds to me like its time for a new clutch.
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:14 AM   #3
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It was low on fluid. I filled it back to the top, pumped the pedal a few times and now it's working fine I am wondering why it was low though. I have no drips under the car. With the miles on the car I was planning on replacing the clutch during the summer. It still grabs solidly, I just don't want to get stranded somewhere. Any suggestions on brand? I was thinking of going back stock since this one has lasted so long. LUK makes the stock unit right? I don't want to pay dealer cost.
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Have a look on the inside of the car where the clutch pedal rod / clutch master meet on the bulkhead. The clutch master cylinder is sometimes green. Push the clutch pedal a few times while you grovel under there and see if there is any fluid at that seal when the rod moves in and out. If it is bad it makes the car mats pretty wet, easier to see with rubber mats. A pretty common problem and not too bad to change. Bleeding the clutch was a real pain last time.
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I agree with bd8134. Take a good look at the clutch master. If it was low on fluid it had to have gone somewhere. I recommend clutch masters. I have one and love it. You can get a better clutch than stock and it doesn't make the pedal hard to push.
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I had the exact same thing happen to me. check the floor right under your clutch petal. After a while i noticed that there was a puddle of hydraulic fluid there. i would say you need to change your clutch master cylinder.
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Ok, I just checked the master cylinder and all is dry, the carpet and the master cylinder. No brake fluid on the inside of the car. I checked the fluid level in the master cylinder too, and it is exactly where it was on Thursday. The brake pads are getting thin all the way around(all need changed soon). That would pull more brake fluid into the system. I'm hoping that's all it was. I will update if that's not the case. Thanks everyone for your help.
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