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Old 05-31-2006, 05:53 PM   #1
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Question Cluth Pedal Problem?????

Here is the story. On my way to work I stop at a red light, it turns green, I push the clutch pedal in and CRACK!!! I let off the pedal immediately and check for damage. The only thing on my mind was "(insert 4 letter word here), i broke the clutch pedal." At first glance, nothing seems amiss so I since I was only one block away from my job, I drove it gently to the parking lot.
When I got out of work, I looked at the pedals and saw nothing broken. I turn on the car and notice that the clutch pedal seems much shorter than before. I take it for a gentle test drive and gear changes are perfectly normal, the clutch doesn't seem to be slipping and no funny smells are coming from the engine compartment (I though maybe the clutch would only be partly engaged since the pedal didn't go up as far as it used to). Actually, since the pedal travel is shorter, I am able to shift faster now

My question is, what happened???? Will this cause premature wear on the clutch??

The best way that I can describe it is that before the pedal would only move in one direction DOWN. Now I can pick it up ever so slightly. Can anyone else do this?????


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Old 05-31-2006, 07:50 PM   #2
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Check the pin that the master cylinder push rod is attached to.On mine this pin was only spot welded an broke lose and caused the push rod to break. It cost me over 300.00 to fix.
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Old 05-31-2006, 09:43 PM   #3
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^^^^ see above. a welding shop can fix it cheap. make sure they have fire blankets, then they can weld it with no disassembly.
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Old 06-01-2006, 10:18 AM   #4
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I have to take a closer with a flashlight tonight, but at least from the driver's seat, it doesn't look too bad. Actually the pedal now lines up with the brake pedal perfectly.

*Warning, crappy camera phone pic*



Like I said, now there is a little play in he clutch pedal where before it was stiff. Can anyone "lift" their clutch pedal, even slightly????
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Old 06-01-2006, 10:31 AM   #5
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I'll try to lift mine and let you know later.
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Old 06-02-2006, 08:47 AM   #6
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Bump for answer. Can anyone lift their clutch pedal??? Kind of like you can lift the throttle pedal, just not as much.

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Old 06-02-2006, 09:23 AM   #7
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My 2000 has a little slop in it. I can lift it up a small amount, like maybe .25". Have you looked under the dash and made sure it was the pedal return spring? I know that at one point there were some badly tempered ones floating around. I think I went through 2 or 3 before I got one that lasted.
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Old 06-02-2006, 11:33 PM   #8
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its the pin that is conected to the master cylinder. look were the clutch pedal is and you will see a broken pin or twisted about to brake. I know because main broke when i was driving and i nearly killed myslef. to fix it i got a screw and nut and put it were the pin was. car works like new.
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Also a possibility, if you have cruise control, is the switch that kicks it out of cruise when you push in the clutch. Wouldn't be nice to have that mill keep revving unexpectedly!
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Old 06-03-2006, 01:21 AM   #10
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This EXACT same thing happened to me. Same circumstances...everything.

It is the clutch return spring that snapped. Dealer fixed mine for like $50.

The pedal still feels normal because (so I am told) the pressure in the clutch cylinder is sufficient to push the pedal back to (almost) the normal position.

No worries...mine was fixed within a day. I recently got a copy of the service history of my car and this happened to the previous owner, also.

Situations like this are when FF comes in handy!
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