We have a 2008 Focus, manual transmission, with 42k miles. We're having intermittent trouble with shifting. The clutch gets to the point where it begins to make contact about 1 inch from the floor, and it becomes very hard to shift gears. ~~ This does not happen all the time. ~~ From what I understand, there is no slave cylinder for the clutch; it operates from the brake master cylinder, which is full and doesn't leak. I took it to the dealer a couple of months ago for this, but they couldn't find a problem. (At that time, it wasn't malfunctioning, I guess.) ~~ Does anyone have any idea what the problem could be, and what could be done about it? Thanks!